Nollywood actress, Ireti Doyle, has given her opinion concerning the appropriate punishment for rapists, who are currently on a rampage based on several daily news reports.
The occurrence of rape has become quite common in the Nigerian society, but the actress thinks it has always been happening, only that attention was not given to it in the past.
Doyle stated this in an interview published by Punch News on Saturday, August 13, 2016.
She said, “In Nigeria, as in almost everywhere in the world, I do not think that rape cases are handled properly often times.”
“What makes it worse for us in Nigeria is that in advanced countries, they have strict laws and most times, the law is enforced and justice is done.”
“In Nigeria, we have laws in place but are they enforced as they should be? I don’t think so. But I am happy that there is a lot more conversation about it.”
“People tend to think that rape is on the increase but I don’t think so; I think it has always been a part of our society but you are hearing a lot more about it now because people are talking about it.”
“That veil of secrecy has been removed and the more we talk about it, the more we blow the whistle against the offenders.”
“Eventually I think we would get it right. We need to put stronger laws in place and enforce them and justice must be done.”
“When you hear about a law that castrates rapists, you may think it is extreme but when you think of the ripple effect, the damage that rape causes not just to the victims but people around them, you might want to rethink.”
“I think that the punishment should be hard especially for repeat offenders.”
“Maybe if you are a first time offender, the law might give you room for rehabilitation but if you are a repeated offender, they should cut off your manhood.”
The actress is married to veteran actor, Patrick Doyle, who lost his first wife and son to the Sickle Cell disease.
She is popular for her role in Amaka Igwe’s drama series, “Fuji House of Commotion”, where she played Ireti, alongside top actors, Kunle Bantefa, Ngozi Nwosu and the late Toun Oni.