Female Legislators Close To Tears As Rape Victims Storm National Assembly To Demand Life Imprisonment For Rapists

Female federal lawmakers fought back tears on Thursday as they listened to the painful stories of rape victims who besieged the National Assembly to share their agonising experiences in the hands of rapists. The Punch reports.

The victims who were majorly young girls said they came to seek the legislators amendment so that rapists are jailed for life. They recounted the stories of how they were raped and how they were sexually assaulted by older men while efforts made by them to seek redress legally had been frustrated due to weak laws against such a crime.

The victims, who spoke with their faces covered, passionately appealed to female lawmakers at the meeting to save other ladies, either of their ages or much younger than them.

Speaking at the occasion, Senators Oluremi Tinubu and Chris Anyanwu vowed to do everything within their powers to ensure that relevant bills that sought to protect women and children against violence were passed before the end of the current legislative year

The ladies participated in the mock tribunal/court on sexual and gender based violence, organised by the National Assembly Women Affairs Committee and the Legislative Advocacy Coalition for Violence in Nigeria.

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