Minister of Youth Development urges Senate to pass bill against defilement of young boys


Report gathered that, the  MINISTER of Women Affairs and Youth Development, Hajia Zainab Maina, yesterday, told the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of bill to stop impunity and cases of abuse and defilement of young males by trusted adults.

Already, the Senate President, David Mark, has urged the National Assembly Committees working on the bills on violence against persons to expedite actions on them, saying that the bills would go a long way in addressing ills in the society.

The Minister of Women Affairs and the Senate President spoke in Abuja at a public hearing organised by Joint Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes.

The committees are working on the Alternative Dispute Regulatory Commission Establishment Bill; Violence Against Peoples Prohibition Bill; Mutual Assistance Criminal Matters Bill and Proceeds of Crime Bill.

According to the minister, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP, Bill “will stop impunity on the part of perpetrators of violence,” adding that, “cases of abuse and defilement of young males by trusted adults is expected to be addressed by this bill.

“Cases of administration of acid bath on partners in a fit of jealousy will decrease to the barest minimum because the punishment recommended by the bill is enough to serve as a deterrent.”

She further explained that the bill encourages mutual resolution of marital conflicts by spouses without resorting to forceful eviction by either of the parties.



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