Hon. Wunmi Ogunlola, A Member Of The House Of Representatives, has advocated punitive penalties against perpetrators of sexual assualt and other related offences in the country.
Hon. Wunmi Ogunlola, who represents Ekiti West Federal Constituency II, condemned the incessant cases of rape and brutality against the girl child.
He also called on relevant authorities to apply the full weight of the law on perpetrators of rape and other gender-based violence.
The federal lawmaker, in a chat with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, said the upsurge in the incidences of rape in the country all pointed to the for a proactive approach and stringent measures that would serve as deterrent to the men of the underworld.
Hon. Wunmi Ogunlola further warns against stigmatisation of victims, adding that the negative physical, psychological and emotional effects of rape on girl child might impact them for the rest of their lives with attendant consequences on their self esteem.
She said that cases of sexual-related offences should be tackled with seriousness and high sense of commitment, adding that unless timely action is taken against the heinous act, rape cases will continue to soar.
“I think it’s high time our government across levels stand up to rescue the girl child from the hydra-headed menace of rape that has constituted itself a threat to humanity.
While lamenting that in spite of the preponderance of existing laws prohibiting gender-based violence, the country continue to witness more cases of rape and defilement, Ogunlola advocated for life imprisonment for perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“The judicial system is so slow that they don’t really take action on rape issues. And the person would be there for longer year without any judgement, hence, posed a threat to the fight against rape and further encourage the menace,” she said.
Hon. Wunmi Ogunlola, however, called on the federal government to overhaul the country legal system and strengthen the existing criminal and penal code to stem the rising wave of the increasing incidences of sexual based violence.