Last week we were delighted to hear of the bill being passed by the Senate, the bill for an Act to prohibit violence against persons with provisions strengthening sanctions against offenders, including life jail for rapists. The legislation is said to seek elimination of violence in private and public life.
While this is very laudable and long overdue I've found myself being repeatedly drawn back to the section below;
Sections one and two of the legislation have now increased punishment for rape and other forceful sexual activities.
" A person convicted under the section, according to the bill, is liable to imprisonment for life
However, where the victim is less than 14 years of age, the offender shall be liable to a minimum of 14 years imprisonment."
I find this very absurd, should this not be the other way round? Should the punishment for the rape of younger victims; children specifically, not be harsher?
I've been trying to make sense of this. Is Paedophilia/statutory rape, and forceful one at that, a lesser offense than rape, or is this an oversight on the part of the Legislators? Or am I missing something? What gives?
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