First Lady of Ekiti State, Bisi Fayemi is pushing for the amendment of the law to see that a more severe punishment which includes castration is faced by rapists.
The amendment of the Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law, 2011, at the State House of Assembly, which is aimed at deterring offenders will also include a life sentence.
According to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda, who spoke at a public hearing, the punishment for rapists might include medical castration and a compulsory psychiatric test.
Offenders will also be disqualified from having any benefits in government’s social investment programmes.
Mr Fapohunda said: “We plead with the Assembly to have expeditious and holistic consideration of the amendment to the bill, because it is to provide legal framework for the present administration’s zero tolerance for all forms of gender-based violence.
“The increasing cases of rape and defiling of little children in Ekiti require urgent attention.
“The amendment being sought may include imprisonment and medical castration of offenders, among others not stipulated in the existing law.”
Mrs Fayemi stated that the amendment of the bill is necessary because her office has been overwhelmed with complains of violence against women.
Mrs Fayemi said: “To make the law effective, we are going decentralise the referral centres and all the local governments will have one each. You don’t need to come to the state capital before lodging your complaints.
“The GBV management committee has been brought back to attend to complaints. I felt distressed to hear when we returned last year that the committee didn’t meet for four years after we had left.
“I’m not the owner of the law; it is for men and women in Ekiti. We only championed it. It is to protect us, our families and the society against all forms of discrimination so that we can all live life of respect and dignity.
“Violence against women keeps increasing in Ekiti. We appeal to the House to pass this law expeditiously.”