The Kogi State House of Assembly and other stakeholders in the state have rejected castration as punishment for rapists.
Participants at a public hearing on a bill, ‘Violence Against Persons Prohibition’ (VAPP), emphasised on the practicability of the bill when passed into law.
Cosmos Atabor, chairman of the house joint committee on Justice and Judiciary and Women Affairs, who joined other stakeholders to reject castration and removal of fallopian tube for rape offenders, said emotions should not be part of law-making process.
He stressed that the committee will be thorough, saying the bill will address issues of rape, indecent dressing, incest and political violence.
Atabor assured participants at the event, that the committee will ensure a near-perfect law, when the bill is passed into law.
In a presentation at the public hearing, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Fatima Kabir Buba, stated that the proposed bill is well thought out, with measures to protect women, children, the vulnerable and persons living with disabilities.
She also said the bill will mitigate all violence against persons, as her ministry had proposed castration and removal of fallopian tube for rape offenders.
Eunice Agbogun, chairperson, Challenge Parenthood Initiative, who is the initiator of the bill, appreciated the Kogi Assembly for considering the proposed bill, noting that when passed into law, it will protect vulnerable people and correct some immoral practices in the society.