Clerics Support Death Penalty for Rape, Say Rapists Are Terrorists
Religious leaders in Kaduna have expressed their dissatisfaction on the incessant rape cases in the country and have suggested capital punishment for rapists, describing rapists as terrorists that must not be spared any punishment to deter others.
The clerics, who spoke at a two – day conference on Emergency Call to Action Against Rape , organised by one of the wives of Kaduna State Governor, Ummi El-Rufai, said that rapists should be seen as terrorists and should be given capital punishment as obtainable in countries such as India , China , Egypt and Iran.
According to the Islamic cleric , Sheikh Kabir Gombe listed drug abuse, human trafficking , uncontrolled sexual urge and lack of stringent punishment as some of the predisposing factors to rape. He added that there is no country in the world that treats rapists with levity, because they are not human.
On his part, CAN leader, Rev . John Hayab , said that rape has contributed significantly to the security challenges the country is facing today because many have given birth to bastards as a result of rape .
He added that they therefore have to stand up against rape so as to avoid many bastards in the society and urged the authority to provide more stringent laws in curbing the act.
The convener of the conference , Ummi , called for inclusion of local government chairmen and their spouses, traditional leaders , religious leaders , influential women leaders , influential youth leaders , heads of civil defence , heads of vigilante services as well as community volunteers in the fight against rape .