Miss Nigeria Wants Life Imprisonment For Rapists
Everyone is worried by the incessant cases of rape in Nigeria and 22-year-old current Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, is one of them.
For her, the best way to curb the menace is to increase the punishment it attracts.
She has advised the Nigerian parliament to enact a law that will sentence anybody found to have committed rape to life imprisonment to reduce the menace.
The 40th Nigerian beauty queen said, “Cases of rape are on the increase now in the country.
“In fact, it is become so alarming. I feel that we are recording increased cases because the perpetrators know that they will be imprisoned for few years.
“This, I feel, is not stringent enough.
“When these rapists know that they will be sentenced to life imprisonment or death, the crime will definitely decline,’’ she said.
According to her, people convicted of rape by constituted court of law were usually sent to life imprisonment with no option of fine in the United Kingdom and other developed countries.
This had scared intending criminals from committing the offence, she said.
Obiadi called on security agencies to always apprehend culprits instead of the victims suffering in disgrace as the issue was all about the dignity of womanhood.
“Media houses should project the rapists rather than the victims, it is the rapist that should be stigmatised and not the poor girl or lady who had the misfortune of being raped,” she said.
She, however, blamed some parents, especially the mothers, who would not pay adequate attention to the needs of their daughters.
She said that mothers should be vigilant in monitoring their children’s dress code and how they relate with the public.
“Some parents are accomplice in this menace; they should be concerned about their daughters’ movements and body languages from time to time.
“We should return to our cultural and traditional values that promote decent dressing,” she said.
Obiadi also appealed to Nigerians to always integrate victims of rape into the society rather than stigmatizing them for a crime they knew nothing about.