Country Proposes More Flogging, Less Jail
Aug 10, 8:21 am ET
GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana wants to extend the use of corporal punishment so criminals can be beaten instead of going to jail.
The former British colony already uses corporal punishment -- by "strokes" of a cane -- for minor crimes, but its scope will be widened if a Bill published in the Government Gazette becomes law.
The Bill, seen by Reuters on Monday, would allow courts to sentence men under the age of 40 to be flogged instead of serving time in jail for minor offences or non-payment of fines.
Government officials have credited capital and corporal punishment as helping diamond-rich Botswana avoid the high rates of crime that afflict neighboring South Africa.