Women in Ogun welcome confab recommendation on rapists

Women in Ogun welcome confab recommendation on rapists

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:25 pm


Abeokuta – Some women in Ogun on Wednesday commended delegates at the National Conference for adopting the report of the Conference Committee on Civil Society, Labour, Youths and Sports on death sentence for rapists.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that delegates at the conference on Tuesday unanimously agreed to adopt the report of the committee.

The report recommended death sentence for those found to have raped minors and life sentence for other rapists,

Some of the women, who expressed their views in separate interviews with NAN in Abeokuta, said the recommendation would reduce cases of rape in the country.

The Coordinator, Child Protection Network, Ogun Chapter, Mrs Peju Osoba, said death sentence would go a long way in discouraging an intending rapist.

Osoba said incidence of rape should not be taken lightly in view of its long term effect on victims.

The effects, he said, included contracting diseases, drop in academic performance and emotional trauma.

Mrs Remi Adebiyi, the Chairperson, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ogun Chapter, commended the conference delegates for the recommendation, saying the decision was in the best interest of Nigerian women.

“In as much as sinners must not go on punished, perpetrators of rape must be made to face the consequence whether you rape a minor or an adult,” she said.

In her remarks, Mrs Elizabeth Anifowose, the Chairman, Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Women Affairs, said that the death sentence for rapists should be changed to life sentence.

The lawmaker said that life sentences should be given to offenders in line with laws concerning human rights.

She, however, commended the conference delegates for the recommendation.

“The recommendation would likely put a stop to the issue of rape in the country,” she said.

/NAN


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