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Nigerian Lawmakers reject castration as punishment for rapists



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The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists.

There has been uproar in Nigeria following the rape of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year-old microbiology student, who sought the quiet of her empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, as a place to study. Hours later she was raped and killed in a crime that has sparked outrage across Nigeria. 

Last Wednesday evening, a church security guard found Uwa, as she is known, unconscious in a pool of blood, according to her family.

The House, at the plenary on Thursday, considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria.

A member, Mr James Faleke, had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.

Just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male.

The comment generated noise in the chamber, putting the prayer to vote, the nays had it.

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