John ODHE, Yenagoa
The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Bayelsa State chapter, has joined the calls for a stiffer penalty for rape and other violent attacks on women and the girl child.
The association during a peaceful positive agitation and peaceful walk around Yenagoa said the increasing rate of rape and murder of female folks had reached an alarming level that required urgent counter action to stop the dastardly national disgrace.
The group made a stopover at the Bayelsa state House of Assembly complex, Amarata in the state capital.
Receiving the women and members of the association’s youth wing in audience, the House Speaker, Mr. Abraham Ingobere said the house was also worried and deeply concerned about the moral decadence that was finding expression in the wide-spread violence and forced sex against infants, young adult and even the aged.
Ingobere, who was represented by the member representing Yenagoa Constituency 11, Mrs. Koku Obiyai, assured the FOMWAN delegation of the house’s commitment to pass a legislation that would protect women against violence and make rapists have second thought.
The speaker assured the group that the house would extend invitation to them when the bill gets to public hearing stage so that they could make input into the bill before passage.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation state coordinator of FOMWAN Youth Wing, Alhaja Mutiat Bakare called on the state House of Assembly to come up with legislation with stiffer penalties for rapist to serve as deterrent.
“Castration or death penalty should be the most appropriate punishment for those who violate women and replace their pride with self-pity.
“Unless drastic actions are taken women will continue to suffer unjustifiably in the hands of joy thieves who take comfort in others pain,” she said.
She also called on parents to teach the boy child value so that he could respect and value women rather than see them as object of sex.
The group was also at NTA Yenagoa where they received commitment from management to support efforts aimed at creating a safer Nigeria for every citizen including the women.