Winking, Whistling, Punishable by Two Years Imprisonment Under Sexual Harassment Bill

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 10 – Winking or whistling at women in public is punishable by sentencing the offender to two years in jail or a fine of N1 million naira, according to the new sexual harassment bill passed by the Nigerian Senate a few days ago.

The bill, which was read the third time and passed, was a sequel to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters presented by the committee’s Chairman, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele(APC, Ekiti Central).

Today’s Echo gathers that one of the punitive actions under the bill, is two years imprisonment or N1 million fine for whistling, winking, and uncomplimentary remarks.

Others include, 14 years imprisonment or N5 million fine for sexual harassment, two years imprisonment or N1 million fine for pornographic messages, pictures or videos sent, and two years imprisonment or N5 million fine for failing to investigate case of harassment.

The bill, christened: The proposed legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019″, was sponsored by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege(APC, Delta Central), and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators.

The bill which has 27 clauses, proposes up to 14 years jail term, with a minimum of 5 years, without an option of fine for any educator who commits sexual offences in tertiary institutions.

The bill defines sexual offences as including sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.

Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student.

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