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Cross River lawmaker seeks death penalty for rapists

…Rape worse than hate speech

The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Eteng Williams, has called for death penalty for rapists.

He made the call in Calabar at Stakeholders Forum to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.Williams said, “Rape is worse than hate speech. That is where we should advocate death sentence, not hate speech. We are taking the issue of gender-based violence seriously. We need to make provision in the budget to take care of victims because their self-esteem is gone.

“Let us do something about the abusers, like banning them from holding public offices. We say ‘No to Rape.”

The Head, Field Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Calabar, Mr Chris Mubanga, said, “Women and men, boys and girls have right to engage in activities without being harassed.

Mubanga, who was represented by the UNHCR Protection Associate in Calabar, Richard Effiong, said places of work and play should be free from gender-based violence.

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