Reps Introduce Six Months Imprisonment For Cross-dressers

Reps Introduce Six Months Imprisonment For Cross-dressers

Cross-dressers may soon end up in prison if a new bill to prohibit cross-dressing in Nigeria is passed into law.

News Rain Nigeria reports that the House of Representatives has introduced a bill to prohibit cross-dressing with an amendment to the Same-Sex (Prohibition) Act.

The amendment, sponsored by Muda Umar (APC, Bauchi), seeks to amend sections 4 and 5 of the principal act.

This proposed bill, if passed into law, could affect popular crossdressers like Okuneye Olanrewaju, who is popularly known as Bobrisky and James Brown.

The bill was read for the first time on the floor of the House on Tuesday.

 

Reps Introduce Six Months Imprisonment For Cross-dressers

 

Recall that the 2013 Same-Sex Prohibition bill was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan despite opposition from the international community, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mr Jonathan signed the bill into law on January 17, 2014.

The then U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, had said the law “dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.”

The existing act prescribes 14 years in imprisonment for same-sex marriage and 10 years imprisonment for aiding and abetting the act.

The proposed bill exempts the use of cross-dressing for stage acts and other means of entertainment.

Clause two of the bill seeks to alter section 4 by inserting a new subsection 3.

Subsection 3(1) Cross-dressing whether done publicly is prohibited.

(2) A person shall be deemed to have committed the offence publicly where it is published or displayed publicly notwithstanding that it was committed privately or in a place that would have ordinarily been described as private.

“Provided that this section of this Act shall not apply to cross-dressing in the course of a stage play or any bonafide public entertainment,”

The bill is also proposing an amendment to section 5 by introducing clause 4 on punishment for engaging in cross-dressing.

“A person engaging in cross-dressing is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment of 6months or a fine of five hundred thousand naira.

The bill still has several stages to cross to become a law.

BY IYABO AINA 

Publisher News Rain Nigeria