Taraba State House of Assembly has proposed a death sentence to anyone who has carnal knowledge of a child and life imprisonment for transgenders respectively in the state.
Mr. Mark Useni, Chairman of, House Adhoc committee on a public hearing on the Taraba State Violence and discrimination against person prohibition Bill 2021 disclosed this while presenting the report of the committee on the floor of the House on Tuesday.
Useni who said that the Bill has generated the highest level of interest in the state in recent times noted that the report and recommendations made by the committee were a reflection of an elaborate interaction with critical stakeholders and members of the public.
Sponsor of the Bill and Speaker of the state House of Assembly Dr. Joseph Albasu Kunin in his argument said that as leaders, the members have a moral responsibility to protect the members of the public from gross moral decadence that is quickly engulfing the world with grave consequences.
Kunin said that
“children who are most vulnerable and susceptible to devices of psychopaths and moral degenerates must be protected at all cost and I assure you that the House would do everything to protect them and other vulnerable sections of the society”.
Part of the recommendation of the committee read that, “anybody who has a carnal knowledge of a minor shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to death. If the offender is less than 14 years, they’ll be sentenced to a term of not more than 14years”.
Other provisions of the Proposed Bill include provision for a jail term for digital harassment, attempted rape, incest, and other violence and discrimination against persons.
The Bill is scheduled for a third hearing.