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Neufville wants more protection for Liberian women

The Executive Director of the People Action Network, Amb. Rufus Neufville has vowed to lead efforts to protect Liberian women & children by petitioning lawmakers to amend the Rape Law and Domestic Relations Law of Liberia.

According to Neufville, the punishment for people who rape babies must not be the same as people who rape older women. Raping a baby is equivalent to murder in the first degree and the death penalty for such offenders is the only appropriate punishment.

He explained that this can be achieved by amending Chapter 14.70 of the Penal Code.

Amb. Neufville, who is also a lawyer, wants lawmakers to conduct a comprehensive review of the Domestic Relations Law to ensure that children are not abandoned by parents – mostly fathers.

“We need to make it a crime for fathers who are gainfully employed to abandon their children,” he said.

Speaking to reporters during the week, Neufville promised to work with women groups in the country to promote the amendments of the Rape Law and the Domestic Relations Law.

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