Correspondent Examines The Scourge Of Rape In The Society

Rape is one of the most prevalent forms of sexual violence in Nigeria and the world.

 In spite of the social and cultural stigma attached to rape, most victims that are brave enough to approach the justice system face some challenges to bring perpetrators of rape to book.

In recent times there has been a wave of protests against rape in the country following the killing of a one hundred level student in the university of Benin, Uwailia omozuwa, in the Redeemed Christian church of God Benin city Edo state.

  Less than a week after the incident, another student Barakat Bello undergoing a national Diploma programme at the federal college of Animal and production Technology, in Ibadan, Oyo state was raped and hacked to death by some armed robbers.

Sexual violence is endemic in Nigeria as it has assumed a new dimension which is the killing victims by their perpetrators.

It is estimated that one in every three women and girls has experienced at least one form of sexual assault before attaining the age of twenty five.

According to the national Bureau of statistics more than two hundred cases of rape and assault were reported in 2017.

Despite filing a series of petitions in twenty seventeen Hosea Lazarus a father of victims of rape is yet to find justice for his two daughters who were raped by their landlord Anthony ossai an indigene of ikwale in Delta state.

The road to justice is indeed a hard one, according to a gender and human rights activist Mrs chioma onyenukwe some of the challenges rape victims face is corruption and the high cost of prosecution of rape cases in the country.

To put an end to the issue of rape the executive secretary national Human Rights Commission called for stiffer punishment for offenders

The Director General of the National Agency for Trafficking in Persons , NAPTIP, Mrs Julie Okah- Donli want law enforcement agencies to put the necessary infrastructure in place to check the ugly trend.

 To nip this ugly trend in the bud there is the need to domesticate the Violence against person’s prohibition Act in all 36 States of the federation.

Ebere Ukeje.

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