The Senate has passed the bill against sexual harassment in tertiary institutions.
It is titled, “A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress sexual harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters concerned therewith, 2019.”
The proposed legislation was sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege.
The bill was passed after it was read for third reading on Tuesday. The red chamber passed the bill after considering the report of the Committee on Judiciary,
Human Rights and Legal Matters.
Upon conviction, offenders of these sections of the bill can be sentenced to a minimum of five years and a maximum of 14 years in prison, without an option of a fine.
The bill also prohibits lecturers from whistling, winking, stalking, making sexual jokes, or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique.
They are also prevented from grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, or pinching the breasts, hair, lips, hips, buttocks, or any other sensual part of a student’s body.
Offenders of these sections of the bill can be sentenced to a Minimum of two years and a maximum of five years in prison, without an option of a fine.
The bill will be forwarded for President Muhammadu Buhari to either reject or sign into law.