Women demand castration of convicted rapists
22 September 2016, 17:58
Nairobi - Women in Uganda are advocating for the castration of men found guilty of defiling underage girls.
They argue that although there is a law against defilement, the punishment is not deterrent enough and has not made men stop committing the deadly offence.
Currently in Uganda, the penal code require those found to be guilty of the offence to be imprisoned up to 15 yrs. Aggravated defilement is punishable by life imprisonment.
One of the activists Lilian Linda said.
" The Bible points to cutting off a part that causes one to sin. However where men have turned to animals and have lost their conscience of knowing that forcing or luring vulnerable babies , infants and children into sexual intercourse is wrong, so why not castrate them anyway?," she posed.
She said that it is unfortunate that teachers in Uganda are among the leading defilers and they should be punished for doing that.
Another activist, Rehema Nagitta said.
" Men in Uganda have become wild. Everyday we hear about cases of defilement. Unless tough punishment like defiling them are introduced, they will continue with the vice," she offered.
Former minister of ethics and integrity Miria Matembe was the first one to suggest castration of defilers.
She was bitter that men continue defiling underage girls with impunity and the only solution was to castrate those caught in the act.
In Uganda it is common to hear of cases defilement. At times men defile girls below ten years.
According to Ugandan law, girls under 18 are regarded as children and whoever sleeps with them commits defilement.
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