LIMA – Peruvian Congressman Juan Carlos Eguren, President of Justice and Human Rights Commission of the Congress, said that it was nearly impossible for “street” rape to cause pregnancy.
He made the statement on Wednesday during a debate on de-criminalizing abortion in cases of pregnancy caused by rape.
“Rapes, by all means terrible, which can happen on streets, do not cause pregnancy. It is almost impossible for rape, on the streets, to cause pregnancy as it produces a state of stress, a state of shock in the victim,” Eguren of the Christian People’s Party declared before the broadcaster RPP Noticias.
“Where is pregnancy caused? In familiar surrounding when rape occur, rapes that are frequent, permanent, systematic, until they end in pregnancy. But this matter we have to address from other perspectives,” Eguren added.
He further said that the Congress seeks to increase penalty for rapists to 35 years of imprisonment and that the state seeks to protect women who are victims of abuse and mistreatment.
“Rape is a disgusting act; in the new penal code we are increasing the penalties,” he stressed.
Eguren also questioned the congressmen from the ruling party for allegedly having changed their position on the matter after the Commission shelved the proposal.
He also warned that it could be a “smokescreen” to divert the attention from First Lady, Nadine Heredia, who is under investigation.
Ruling party’s congressman Daniel Abugattas rejected Eguren’s claims, saying that the Constitution Commission had to open a debate on the issue as the proposal bore the signature of 60,000 people.