The International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA, Plateau chapter, has advocated death sentence as a stringent punishment for rapists in the country.
The Chairperson of the chapter, Mrs Mary Izam, disclosed this to Newsmen in Jos. She said that if a death sentence was enacted as punishment for rapists, this would help in stemming the tide of rape in the country.
She also said that the act of rape is close to homicide as the rapist either kills the victim physically or emotionally.
The chairperson further pointed out that the act of rape in criminal law is considered as a capital offence.
She explains that subsequently a capital offence should be treated as such with a stringent punishment which would serve as a deterrent to those nursing the nefarious act.
She added that that rape punishment shouldn’t be based on discretional powers of the judge in the various courts.
Izam disclosed that rape cases were barely reported because parents, caregivers and victims wanted to protect their children, wards and themselves from stigmatisation, hence the culture of silence.