Ireti Doyle is airing her judgement on the punishment befitting rape offenders especially those who are repeating the offense.
She opines that while there is a law which was put in place to punish individuals who commit the act, it isn’t usually enacted.
Ireti Doyle said, “In Nigeria, as in almost everywhere in the world, I do not think that rape cases are handled properly often times. What makes it worse for us in Nigeria is that in advanced countries, they have strict laws and most times, the law is enforced and justice is done.”
“In Nigeria, we have laws in place but are they enforced as they should be? I don’t think so,” The actress quipped, “But I am happy that there is a lot more conversation about it. People tend to think that rape is on the increase but I don’t think so; I think it has always been a part of our society but you are hearing a lot more about it now because people are talking about it.”
Ireti Doyle stated that laws castrating rapists shouldn’t seem strange as the victims of rape are usually scarred for life.
“That veil of secrecy has been removed and the more we talk about it, the more we blow the whistle against the offenders. Eventually I think we would get it right.” Doyle stated, “We need to put stronger laws in place and enforce them and justice must be done. When you hear about a law that castrates rapists, you may think it is extreme but when you think of the ripple effect, the damage that rape causes not just to the victims but people around them, you might want to rethink.”
She concluded with her thoughts on the befitting punishment, “I think that the punishment should be hard especially for repeat offenders. Maybe if you are a first time offender, the law might give you room for rehabilitation but if you are a repeated offender, they should cut off your manhood.”
Do you share Ireti Doyle’s thoughts? Should repeat rapists be castrated or just sent to jail? Hit the comment section with your thoughts.