In addition to life jail, the Ekiti State Government, in collaboration with the office of Wife of the Governor, is making moves to amend the gender-based law to carry capital punishment such as medical castration of rapists and defilers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that wife of the governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, is seeking amendment of the Gender Based Violence (Prohibition) Law, 2011 at the State House of Assembly, to deter perpetrators.
NAN also reports that a public hearing on the GBV amendment bill was held at the state House of Assembly on Thursday, in Ado-Ekiti.
At the public hearing, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, said the amendment to the bill might include medical castration, compulsory psychiatric test and disqualification of offenders from benefiting from government’s social investment programmes.
Mrs. Fayemi, in her address, said her office had, since 2018, been overwhelmed with complaints bordering on all forms of violence, particularly against women.
According to her, the amendment of the bill has become imperative to give the victims voices and for offenders to be held accountable.
She added that the worst form of injustice in any society was for offenders to be let off the hook without justifiable reasons, assuring that strengthening the law would ensure punishment for violators and allow people to take ownership.