There Should Be Stiffer Penalty For Rape Offenders - Esset

The member for Nsit Atai State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly has called for stiffer punishments for perpetrators of Gender-based Violence (GBV) particularly rape, recommending castration for offenders of rape.

 Elder Mark Esset made the call during the 2021 budget defence of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations.

 Esset, who is a member of the committee and the chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, urged the ministry to send back the law earlier passed by the 6th Assembly for a speedy review of sanctions for rape offenders.

 "On the issue of genderbased violence, sexual molestation and rape, I want to charge you madam commissioner alongside your team to send back the law earlier passed by the Sixth Assembly against rape offenders for a holistic review, so we can make room for stiffer punishments such as castration for rape offenders. 

It is true that when the penalty is stiffer, the crime would be reduced to the barest minimum if not totally eliminated, he stated.

The lawmaker noted that states like Kaduna and others have recently reviewed some laws to make room for severe sanctions, adding that Akwa Ibom State can also follow suit as it was painful and disturbing to still hear new stories and reports of rapes as well as child molestation in some communities. 

The commissioner, Dr Ini Adiakpan assured the committee of her readiness to stamp her feet to stump out sexual related crimes in the state with the help of the lawmakers. 

She thanked Esset for being sensitive to the plight of women and girls and for also being dependable, saying that without men like him, the fight for a safer society will be very difficult.

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