Castration As Punishment For Rape In Nigeria? Here’s What The Reps Decided

In light of the avalanche of rape and sexual abuse cases coming to fore, a member of the Nigeria House Of Representatives, Hon James Faleke moved the motion that convicted rapists be castrated.

The lawmaker made the suggestion during a debate on the motion of increased sexual violence against women; particularly informed by the rape and murder of two girls in Oyo and Edo states recently.

Faleke’s motion was rejected by other members of The House of Representatives on Thursday, June 4, after the lawmakers identified “weak institutions, poor enforcement, poverty, and unacceptable social practices” as part of the reasons for sexual violence against women when Femi Gbajabiamila subjected it to a voice vote.

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Gbajabiamila also asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male. This generated noise in the chamber. Debating the motion brought forward, the lawmakers condemned the increasing cases of rape in the country which they described as the most common form of violence against women.

They said in addition to the rape cases, Nigerian women also suffer harassment and brutality in the hands of security agencies.Although the lawmakers voted against castration of rapists as an amendment to the motion, they called for stiffer penalties against persons found guilty of rape.

They also asked the federal government to launch a more effective campaign against rape and other forms of sexual violence against women.

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