By Muhammad Bashir
The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists.
The House, at the plenary on Thursday, considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria.
According to media report, a member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in Lagos State, Mr. James Faleke, had recommended that perpetrators of rape must 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.
It was gathered that the Speaker’s question generated heavy noise in the chamber.
In honour of victims of sexual violence in Nigeria, the House resolved that members should be dressed in black on the next legislative day.
The House is expected to sit on Tuesday.
Debate on rape and other sexual crimes lasted over two hours during Thursday’s plenary.