Media report indicates that Nigeria is gearing up to put in place a bill that will make stigmatising rape victims an offence. It was sponsored by Niger State’s Sani Musa, and was first read in the House in December 2019.
Premium Times reported the bill has passed a second reading at the senate with self explanatory title and content:
It is for an Act to Prohibit the Stigmatisation of Victims of Rape and Insurgency in order to encourage victims of rape to testify in court.
It will also help with the reintegration of victims of insurgency into the community of their choice.
The senator said it is set to “provide a new lease of life for victims of rape”.
Details on how the bill will be applied are still sketchy.
Senator Sandy Onor from Cross River affirmed that the bill “is action not words.” so that justice may be fairly served.
This is to ensure that prosecution for rape and brutality against women is accelerated in our judicial process.