Bobrisky, James, Others Risk Jail As Bill To Outlaw Crossdressing Passes First Reading.
- The bill recommended that a person engaged in cross-dressing is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for six (6) months or a fine of N500,000.
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EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Nigerian House of Representatives is debating a bill that would outlaw all forms of cross-dressing in Nigeria. Muda Umar, a member of the house of reps sponsored the measure, which passed the first reading on Tuesday.
The legislation is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013 to Prohibit Cross Dressing; and for Related Matters.’ According to the bill.
The bill proposes to add a new Sub-clause 3 to Section 4 of the Act, which says, “(1) Cross-dressing, whether done publicly, is prohibited.” “(2) A person is deemed to have committed the offence publicly if it is published or displayed publicly, even if it was committed privately or in a location that would normally be described as private.”
“Provided, however, that cross dressing in the course of a stage play or in any bona fide public entertainment shall not be subject to this section of this Act.”
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The bill also proposes to add a new Sub-clause 4 to Section 5 of the Act, which states, “A person engaged in cross-dressing is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for six (6) months or a fine of N500,000.”
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