Voices of rape drowning the voices of COVID-19

Voices of rape
Rape(inventory photograph)

By Stella Odife

Today, the voices of starvation, the voices of insecurity and the voices of COVID-19 have been virtually drowned with the voices of rape. At least throughout the life interval of this administration, no demonstration has thrived with out being met with brutal drive by each the Police and the Army, besides that of the cry for assist for rape victims. No surprise everyone seems to be demonstrating, calls are made throughout the protest, which appears to be similar, for stiff penalty towards the rapist.

For as soon as, the entire nation is in unison within the cry for justice for the victims and stiff penalty for the rapists. The media homes are awash with information on rape.

I congratulate those that have come to exhibit, those that have spoken about it and the media homes who’ve made it potential for it to be heard. The query is that this: Is the Rape Law going to be like others, the place the lots both have no idea of its existence or what to do to get justice?

The youngster’s Rights Act has been in existence since 2003. How many states have domesticated it to make it enforceable? What is the explanation for the refusal for its domestication? Will the rape regulation not undergo the identical destiny because the Child’s Rights Act? These are points that should be recognized and spelt out to present the regulation on rape we’re all clamouring for the tooth it deserves.

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Let us depart the enforcement of the regulation till it’s made and its subsequent consciousness creation in the interim. The good factor is that the issue has been recognized, and the worrisome facet of rape in Nigeria as we speak is “the increase in the number of cases recorded” for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

According to the police report, from the time of the COVID-19 lockdown until center of May, 717 rape circumstances have been recorded. Surprisingly once more, from that May until the center of June, 799 circumstances have been recorded. And we’re solely speaking of the reported and recorded circumstances!

The worry now could be that rape is changing into a “pandemic” competing with COVID-19 in Nigeria. To cease this pandemic we should ask the next questions?

First, what’s the reason for the rise in rape? Could it’s on account of pornography, psychological well being disaster scenario and many others?

Why ought to we focus our drug dependancy laws solely or Marijuana, Tramadol, Cocaine, and many others, with out extending it to intercourse need enhancement and intercourse organ enhancement medication, which flow into freely with pornography among the many populace, who’re incapable of controlling themselves after taking medication and watching the movies?

Secondlyly, Is there actually a rise or is it as a result of data are actually being saved and culprits apprehended extra on account of extra whistle blowing? Why precisely is the spike?

It has additionally been discover that circumstances of suicide have elevated exhibiting psychological well being deterioration within the society. Could this be attributed to the rise on rape? And in what environments do we’ve rape most prevalent?

Is it in open locations, household settings, IDP camps or what?

It is most fascinating to notice that locations like faculty environments are excluded on account of lockdown. Same applies to church buildings, leisure grounds, evening golf equipment, so the place are the rape circumstances coming from?

Answer to those questions will go a protracted technique to kind out our downside on rape.

So primarily based on the next, our legislators should get to work to current a Bill on rape and cross it with rapid impact.

The safety companies on their half should additionally examine and perform a forensic analysis to establish why rape circumstances have elevated and essentially the most prevalent places.

Prosecution of such circumstances should be within the State High Courts, and an affordable time restrict should be given to Judges and Lawyers for the dispensation of justice on rape circumstances.

Most importantly the general public should be sensitized on the specified consideration {that a} “Rape Case” deserves and for the collective seek for the answer of rape downside in our nation, Nigeria.

*Odife is National Coordinator, Women’s Organisation for Gender Issues (WOGI) and writes from Abuja

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