The Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has expressed his displeasure over the recent increase in gender-based violence in the state, especially the alarming increase in rape cases.
In a bid to curb this menace, the governor has promised to make amendment on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill, that was signed into law recently so it would include the castration of rapists.
Mohammed made this disclosure during a meeting with the Minister of Women Affairs and Child Development, Dame Paulen Tallen when she paid him an advocacy visit at the State Government House, Bauchi on Thursday, September 24.
Tallen had previously stated that rape was as deadly as murder and that perpetrators shouldn’t be treated fairly.
He stated that the VAPP law would be taken for amendment at the State House of Assembly so as to address areas of conflicts.
The governor said that the VAPP law will be taken back to the State House of Assembly to ensure that areas of conflicts were amended, pointing out that
He said; “it will be done to suite our tradition and our societal expectations, because this bill came from there. We have already discussed with the chairperson of the National Council of Women Societies and my wife.”
“The VAPP law has been signed and there are some impurities there and implementation is going to be very, very hard. I assure you that we will start the implementation.
“Areas where we find out that the punishments are not adequate the way Kaduna did, we will amend it to include those aspects so that castration will also be part of our own (VAPP law).
“Honestly, I think we better destroy the instrument of rape by going for castration because even when I pardon somebody, I discovered that he was a serial rapist.”
Speaking in the issue of Child Rights Act, the governor stated that there were some provisions of the act that was against some traditional practices. He added that he was working on creating a committee that would include Ulamas and clergymen so that the way forward can be discussed.