Nigeria’s ex-Women Affairs Minister suggests castration of rapists

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Ms. Anenih calls on women to break the culture of silence.

A former Minister of Women Affairs, Josephine Anenih, has suggested the castration of rapists to serve as a deterrent to men with such tendencies.

Ms. Anenih said in an interview in Abuja on Thursday that rapists should not only be given life jail sentences but be castrated, considering the gravity of the offence.

“The sanction for rape is too mild for the gravity of the offence. We are working on that to see whether we can amend the law on sanction for the crime. I will suggest something even more than life imprisonment. I will suggest castration,” she said.

She called on women to break the culture of silence, report and follow up such cases to a logical conclusion.

“Some people are saying proving rape is difficult. No, proving rape is not difficult, it’s just that we are not diligent in proving it. We must break that silence. We must shout, we must report and we must follow up on the report. When you report and the police tell you it is a family issue, you should say no and insist on taking the matter up in the court of law,” she said. 


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