A member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Alhaji Muhammad Ali on Friday called for the amendment of existing laws on rape, to provide for death penalty on anyone convicted of the offence.
Ali, who represents Kawo constituency, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
He noted that Section 283 of the Penal Code Law only provided a maximum of life imprisonment for convicted rapists, adding that the law should be amended to carry the maximum penalty.
According to him, most r*pists ended up with lighter sentence due to bottle necks in court processes.
“Rapists are not treated the way they should be treated due to one reason or the other in the enforcement of the law.
“Life imprisonment is not even enough for them; anybody caught r*ping a child or woman should face the firing squad. It is the only way to safeguard and sanitise the society,” the lawmaker contended.
Ali attributed the increasing cases of r*pe in the country to negligence on the part of parents, urging them to take their parental responsibilities more seriously.[NAN]