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Reps oppose amendment seeking ‘castration’ as punishment for rapists

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The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected an amendment seeking to castrate rapists. The prayer was sponsored by Rep. James Faleke (APC-Lagos).

The House, during plenary, considered and approved a motion seeking severe penalties against worsening cases of rape in the country. 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 process, through a Motion on Recision. He argued that if taken, it would mean the House was against the punishment of rapists. His argument was adopted and the prayer was subjected to a second voice vote, but the nays still had it. Faleke’s prayer came on the heels of a Motion sponsored by Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye on sexual violence in the country. 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, ” about the disturbing growing spate of violence against ‘ women and girls recorded throughout the country”, 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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