The Nigerian House of Representatives members have rejected a suggestion for the castration of convicted rapist as punishment.
A lawmaker, Hon James Faleke made the suggestion during a debate on the motion of increased sexual violence against women, citing the rape and murder of two girls in Oyo and Edo states recently.
However, the lawmakers who listed “weak institutions, poor enforcement, poverty and unacceptable social practices” as part of the reasons for sexual violence against women, rejected Faleke’s suggestion when Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila subjected it to a voice vote.
Gbajabiamila provoked noise and laughter in the House when he asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male.
The legislators who debated the motion brought forward, condemned the increasing cases of rape in the country which, they said, was the most common form of violence against women.
According to them, in addition to the rape cases, Nigerian women also suffer harassment and brutality in the hands of security agents.
The lawmakers who voted against castration of rapists as an amendment to the motion, however, called for stiffer penalties against persons found guilty of rape.
They also urged the federal government to launch a more effective campaign against rape and other forms of sexual violence against women.