Rape under Nigerian laws and the need for amendment
By Michael Joseph and Toluwani Bamigboje
Culturally, it is an offence which stands on the same pedestal with the offence of murder, since a suspect accused of rape is expected to go into hiding while his people make efforts to cleanse the shame on the face of the family of the rape victim.
punishment stipulated for it in the extant laws is no longer heavy enough to deter would-be rapist or are there factors which ostensibly offer more incentives for rape than the risk of its punishment.Furthermore, there is the fact that women have always been perceived as
the weaker vessel, and so have been subjugated and oppressed by culture
in most African societies.
The culture is defined by inequality and the subjugation of the female folk.
Forms of gender-based violence, including rape, domestic violence and
other sexual abuses, have assumed serious dimensions globally.
forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person’s
consent.The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority, or
against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is
unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.
masquerade in Africa, especially in Nigeria? What could have triggered the
increase in recent times? What could have caused perpetrators to sexually
assault their victims?