The Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Justice Aloysius Nwankwo, has expressed worry that the punishment for certain harmful practices against women like female gental mutilation should be made more stringent rather than the mild punishment prescribed for offenders. He said there were laws against the practice in the state but noted that he considered the penalty of two years with the option of N2,000 too mild for such offence.
He spoke at Abakaliki yesterday on the occasion of one-day symposium commemorating the zero tolerance for FGM/C sponsored by UNICEF under the UNICEF/UNFPA programme funded from DFID.
The Chief Judge, who was represented by Justice Chinyere Ken Eze said courts were ever ready to handle such cases but expressed worries that most time, such cases are not reported to the police, so not taken to court.
On her part, the wife of the state governor, Mrs Rachael Umahi, said women should protect themselves against such harmful practices. According to her, there is the need for traditional rulers, religious leaders, the various tiers of government to join hands against Female Genital