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Stakeholders Advocate Stringent Punishments for Perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence

Perpetrators of sexual and gender based violence in Oyo state are likely to face more stringent penalties as stakeholders during a public hearing on some bills on crimes against persons advocated severe punishment for culprit

The bills are Child Sexual offences Bill, 2020, Violence Against Persons Bill, 2020, Oyo State Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Team and Refferal Centre Bill 2020 sponsored by the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Women Affairs, Mrs Bimbo Oladeji.

Some of the stakeholders, including representatives of civil society organizations, human rights groups and law enforcement agencies said with the increasing cases of rape and sexual assualt, there was the need to include tougher punishments and set up rehabilitation centres for victims

Speaking, Mrs Bimbo Oladeji said issues of violence against persons especially children have become a matter of concern to the assembly, saying the bills will take care of both men and women.

Mrs Oladeji said all contributions from stakeholders on grey areas on the bills were noted and that the committee members would painstakingly delibrate on them.

Reacting, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Lowo Oyewo who said the bills would bring on board the police and caregivers during the implementation stage, urged the house committee on women affairs to consider the Child rights Law 2006 in its deliberations to avoid inconsistency.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and social inclusion, Alhaja Fausat Sanni in her contribution said the ministry had setup a Rapid Response Team that will attend to sexual and physical assualts reported to it.

Mosope Kehinde

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