MP Recommends Stoning Adulterous Women

Nelson Abudu Baani

Nelson Abudu Baani

Nelson Abudu Baani, MP for Daboya Mankarigu
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Daboya Mankarigu, Nelson Abudu Baani, has strongly recommended stoning as a punishment for adulterous women.

The MP, who was contributing to the debate on the new intestate succession Bill on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, said the bill could be a recipe for serious traditional and customary anarchy, noting that the new bill is in favour of women and discriminatory against family members of the husband. The MP went on to recommend that women who cheat on their spouses should be stoned or hanged.

This, he said, will serve as a deterrent as well as force women to be faithful to their husbands.

‘In countries like Afghanistan, if you go behind your husband, they hang you or they stone you to death. So if we add that, we will have genuine women in marriages,’ he argued.

According to the new law, spouses, especially women, will now have far greater share of the man’s property when he dies intestate because in most cases, these surviving wives look after the children of the deceased who died intestate.

The MP said the law must critically be looked at again since women will take advantage to do the untoward in marriages.

“This new intestate bill will definitely encourage women to use ways and means to take over properties of their husbands, even if through killing by some wicked wives,” he argued.

According to the NDC MP, every man has a secret in marriage and that secret could only be known by members of his extended family.

He said if the law comes into effect, it will create a lot of tension in the northern part of the country where polygamy is widely practised.

“I want all male MPs to support me and stand against this bill because it is going to affect us indirectly,” he said.

All the female MPs— especially NDC MP for Agotime-Ziope, Juliana Azumah -Mensah; NDC MP for Hohoe, Dr Bernice Adiku Heloo, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Tarkwa/Nsuaem, Gifty Kusi—hailed the new bill, saying that married women will heave a sigh of relief after the passage of the bill.

The female MPs also called for stiffer punishment for those who would break the law when it comes into effect.

On his part, the MP for Bekwai, Joseph Osei- Owusu, who is a ranking member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, called on all members of the public who may have issues with the bill to contact Parliament with suggestions and proposals which could be factored into the bill at its consideration stage to enrich it.

He, however, advised that if any man wants to avoid the problem of intestate then it will be better to prepare a will before death.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr

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