By Tordue Salem – Abuja
The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected an modification searching for to castrate rapists.
The prayer was sponsored by Rep. James Faleke (APC-Lagos).
The House, throughout plenary, thought-about and authorized a movement searching for extreme penalties in opposition to worsening instances of rape within the nation.
But a majority of lawmakers shot down the prayer, as Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put it to a voice vote.
A shocked Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu, in swift response to the voice vote, sought a repeat of the method, via a Motion on Recision.
He argued that if taken, it could imply the House was in opposition to the punishment of rapists. His argument was adopted and the prayer was subjected to a second voice vote, however the nays nonetheless had it.
Faleke’s prayer got here on the heels of a Motion sponsored by Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye on sexual violence within the nation.
Agunsoye’s Motion is entitled:
“THE NEED TO CONDEMN THE RISING CASES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND OTHER SOCIAL VICES AGAINST WOMEN AND POLICE BRUTALITY: JUSTICE FOR UWA OMOZUWA, TINA EZEKWE, AND OTHERS”.
While presenting his Motion, Mr. Agunsoye, expressed his worries, ” concerning the disturbing rising spate of violence in opposition to ‘ ladies and women recorded all through the nation”, stressing that, “most common violence against women and girls are: Rape, Sexual harassment, emotional and psychological violence and socio-economic violence”.
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He mentioned he was “disturbed that women and the girl child are daily exposed to this gender-based violence in Nigeria with negligible statistics of convictions compared to the prevalence of the dastardly acts and that weak institutions, poor enforcement, poverty and unacceptable social practices contribute to the ugly increase in violence against Nigerian women and girls”.
He famous that “findings show that an alarming 28% of Nigerian women aged between 25 29 years have experienced some form of physical violence against them, many of which remain unreported, were not prosecuted or could not secure conviction”.
The lawmaker informed his colleagues that he was “disturbed, about the rising cases of Police brutality across”
He recalled that “a few days ago the media was awash with reports of gory cases of fatal violence against girls in Nigeria”, calling on the House to undertake capital punishment for rapists and costume in black on the subsequent sitting in honour of the victims of sexual violence within the nation.
The House adopted his Motion, with extra prayers to codify amendments comparable to punishing rapists, be they feminine or male, to arrange and equip forensic items in police stations throughout the nation, for the aim of detecting rape case, to induce the National Orientation Agency to sensitize Nigerians on problems with rape.
The House additionally resolved to induce State governors, to cultivate the Child Rights Act and Violence Against Women Acta, to forestall additional sexual violence in opposition to individuals and minors.
The House additionally mandated its Committees on Justice, Human Rights and Women Affairs to liaise with the related ministries and work on codifying the amendments in related legal guidelines of the federation, coping with instances of sexual violence.
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