Isiolo County Women Representative Rehema Dida Jaldesa has proposed an amendment of Section 43 of the Sexual Offences Act to introduce tougher punitive measures against sexual offenders, including the chopping off of their private parts in order to discourage the vice and protect school girls against abuse.
Addressing members of public in Isiolo during the launch of a programme dubbed ‘Wajibika’ that seeks to curb gender based violence, female genital mutilation and early marriages, Rehema said that she had already presented the amendment proposal to the speaker of the national assembly, seeking to have the manhood of men found guilty of rape chopped off, as a way of discouraging the vice that has been on the rise especially in Isiolo county.
Rehema argued that it made no sense to hand a rapist a ten year sentence when he has already messed up the entire life of an innocent woman, especially school girls. She cited few cases where school girls had been abused by people who are supposed to protect them, with cases being terminated through dialogue to avoid ashaming the perpetrators, their religion or families, terming it as blatant denial of justice for the victims, while encouraging other men to continue the atrocities with surety that they would get off the hook if caught.
The legislator argued that dialogue should never be used to settle matters relating to gender based violence or sexual offences, as victims always find a way to escape justice. She said that such matters should always be handled in a court of law.
To highlight the weight of the vice, Rehema said that after introduction of the provision to cut off private parts of sexual offenders, she would move on to propose death through hanging in case the chopping off does not scare the perpetrators.
The announcement however elicited mixed reactions with the county governor Mohamed Kuti saying that he did not support the proposal. Speaking during the same forum, governor Kuti said that the suggestion was likely to lack support since neither men nor women would be bold enough to cut off the manhood of guilty persons. He however said that tough action should be taken against sexual offenders to ensure that justice for the victims is upheld.