Abuja - The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has advocated for the castration of convicted rapists to stop the prevalence of rape in the country.
The rights body said this followed the incessant abduction and violation of minors as well as their forced conversion to religious faiths outside of their original.
“In view of the inability of extant laws to sufficiently punish rapists and deter others HURIWA is suggesting that castration of sexual organs of convicted rapists should become the punishment for rape in addition to life term custodial sentence,” the organisation said in a statement endorsed by National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and Spokesperson, Zainab Yusuf.
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The organisation said contrary to some opinion that this punishment amounted to “cruel punishment” there were groundswell of scientific and medical findings to state that castration has “health benefits.”
“So, inflicting it as a punitive measure on rapists already convicted by the competent courts of law shouldn't be seen as cruel and unacceptable but a necessary and tolerable lesser evil that could take off serial rapists from embarking on rampage and sexual demolition of our girl children,” HURIWA stated.
“We are under moral and legal obligations to protect our vulnerable children from the rampaging activities of rapists who prowl round like roaring lions looking for innocent girl child to devour sexually and take away their human dignity forever,” the organisation concluded.
- CAJ News