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OPINION: Alarming rape cases and the law

File Photo: raped Child
By Ibrahim Mustapha Pambegua
It is very sad to observe,while the country is grappling with the covid-19 pandemic the cases of rape and sexual abuse have been on increase. Within the period under review,there are reported cases of rape in the country.
Recently,the Nasarawa State police Command paraded a man who raped three months old baby. In Kaduna state,unknown rapists raped a six years old girl to death and dumped her corpse in the mosque. The story of rape is all over the country. The increase cases of rape in the country have become a matter of great concern and demand an expedient actions to contain it.
The victims of these abomination acts sometimes are minions who cannot or hardly speak for themselves. I have often come across or read sad story on how a father sexually abused his biological daughter and ended up blaming the Satan for his devilish acts.  It took the courageous efforts of the victims to expose the inhuman treatment meted upon them by not any other person than someone they trusted.
  Rapists have no identity. They are always in the mist of good people,behaving extremely well but take advantage of closeness to the victims to perpetuate their crime. When luck is run out of them and they got arrested,you would swear to God they are innocent. No wonder,the victims of sexual abuse are subjected to all forms of psychologically trauma because those who committed the offense are people they knew and trusted.
FILE PHOTO: Woman being abused and raped
It is very easy to realise that,the offender is either parent,guardian,teacher,brother or relative to the victim. The million naira questions begging for answers are: what drive these satanic people to rape? Are their in morality,ungodly and condemnable attitudes being driven by lust,Satan or ritual purpose? Is there any laws enacted by the constituted authorities to punish the perpetrators of this heinous acts?
  These are some of the interesting or rather baffling questions waiting for answers. To begin with the first question, whether rapists are being driven by lust,satanic or ritual purpose,one should look at the age of their victims. For instance,is this not legally wrong to have a forceful sex with minions?Sex can not be performed without the consent of both the parties in case of adults. What about parents who have the fond of sleeping with their Children? Of recent times,disturbed by the raising cases of rape,a member house of representatives during plenary session suggested that,rapists should be cremated. On whether the national assembly will agree on the laws to have the rapists cremated or not,the truth remains,Nigeria does not have enable laws on rape.
Most of the states of the federation do not have laws on rape. The rapists exploit this constitutional lacuna to continue with their badly acts believing nothing will happen to them. There is the need for government to enact relevant laws that will see these beast(rapists) join the firing squad. These bad people should not be allowed to move an inch in the society.
Mustapha writes from Kaduna.
He is a public event analyst/communicator
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