Ekiti Tightens Noose on Rapists, Other Sexual Offenders

The Ekiti State Government has initiated a move to rework the Gender-based Violence Law (GVB) to carry more stringent capital punishment like medical castration of rapists and defilers.

Ekiti State Government and the wife of the Governor, Bisi Fayemi, are seeking an amendment of the GBV (Prohibition) Law, 2011 at state House of Assembly to include further capital punishments that could deter the perpetrators.

At a public hearing of the GVB Amendment Bill at the Assembly on Thursday, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, said the amendment into the bill may include medical castration, compulsory psychiatric test and disqualification of offenders from benefiting from any government social investment programmes.

Also, speaking at the public hearing, the Governors wife said her office had been overwhelmed with complaints bordering on all forms of violence, particularly against women since 2018, adding that the amendment of the bill becomes imperative to give the victims a voice and for offenders to be held accountable.

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