On Thursday June 4th, House of Representatives members rejected castration as punishment for people convicted of ra.pe.
Hon James Faleke made the suggestion during a debate on the motion of increased se.xual violence against women particularly the ra.pe and murder of two girls in Oyo and Edo states recently.
The lawmakers who identified “weak institutions, poor enforcement, poverty and unacceptable social practices” as part of the reasons for se.xual violence against women, rejected Faleke’s suggestion when Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila subjected it to a voice vote.
Gbajabiamila also asked what would happen to an older female who ra.pes a younger male. This generated noise in the chamber.
Debating the motion brought forward, the lawmakers condemned the increasing cases of ra.pe in the country which they described as the most common form of violence against women.
They said in addition to the ra.pe 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 ra.pe.
They also asked the federal government to launch a more effective campaign against ra.pe and other forms of se.xual violence against women.