Curbing the epidemic of rape

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SIR: The effects of rape and nefarious activities of rapists engulfing our society cannot be ignored anymore. It is strange and distressing that the upsurge of rape stories is shattering the innocent the Nigerian society.

Every day, the media and the neighborhoods are awash with tales of rape, with gripping stories of how women and girls of different age range are harassed by the miscreants. Rape is fast growing like an epidemic, destroying lives, marriages and threatening to exterminate genuine love in the society. Many times, we’ve heard of some trusted or respected personalities that were sometimes caught in the act but manage to escape the long arm of the law.

Seemingly, many readers would want to pick up argument that most rape sufferers are architects of their own misfortunes, by wearing provocative clothes which can attract the cult of rapists.  While there may be some truth in this sometimes, what excuse will anyone give for a veteran frenzied rapist who aggressively raped a six week old baby in Oyo State? Or how would anyone defend a gang of six boys who ferociously tore into an old woman of 82 years? What could vindicate their actions? Is it the same reason of immoral dressing?

More despicable is the stand of the people who claim to be protecting us are found playing the same dirty game. We are familiar with some of the bad ones amidst the enforcement agencies of who are most blameworthy of this accusation. No wonder the Amnesty International steadily points accusing fingers at the Nigerian government and its fighting or security forces.

As I channel my annoyance through this medium, I want all to consider querying the government and law enforcement agents on why perpetrators still walk the streets freely, thus encouraging others to join the gang of perverts. Before the large vulnerable and gullible Nigerian community becomes despondent on the issues surrounding rape, I beseech the ed not to be tired of fighting rape. It is not a fortuitous act, so it should not be treated lightly.

I plead with the concerned stakeholders and women activists to step up the advocacy in getting lawmakers to strengthen the law in a bid to rid the society of these criminals who are determined to destroy the lives of the young ones. The Nigerian society cannot be seen to be encouraging the rapists, paedophiles, homosexuals and other perverts set on growing their nefarious  art into an epidemic. The African culture does not condone such dirty acts.

 

  • Ogungbile Emmanuel Oludotun, University of Ibadan.