TUNDE OGUNTOLA xrays the statistics on rape menace in Nigeria
Cases of rape are on the rise in Nigeria. This social menace, apart from constituting a problem to public morality, has raised concerns on the human rights ratings of the country.
Almost every day, there are fresh rape cases. This sad situation is surprising because, for a country that is known for its religiosity, one would expect that cases of sexual assault will be low.
Rape is a criminal offence. Section 357 of Criminal Code Act, Law of Federation of Nigeria 1990 CAP77 says any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman or a girl, without her consent, or if her consent is obtained by force or by means of threats or intimidation of any kind, or by fear of harm, or by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the nature of the act, or in the case of married woman, by personating her husband, is guilty of an offence which is called rape. It can be noted here that any person, male or female, who…
Source: Leadership Newspaper