BY ESE DIBEBI
Dr. Funmilayo Ogunleye-Hancock, a US-based Child Rights activist has laid the blame for the increase in rape cases in Nigeria at the doorstep of the nation’s filmmaking industry.
The member of the National Council of Child Rights Advocate Nigeria (NACCRAN) said, “In a lot of our movies these days, we intend to add rape scenes in them, which is not helpful, and I don’t like that, because if we are talking about getting rid of that situation, we shouldn’t be fuelling it. It just like almost every movie that I watch, there is always a rape scene, and I think we are promoting that further because the more you watch such scene, the more it goes in your heart.”
“If it is something that we are trying to get rid of, we will express so in our movies, because in most movies, they do them without repercussion, that is the thing that bothers me most, it is one thing to show a woman is raped, it is another thing to show there is a repercussion,” Ogunleye-Hancock continued.
She added, “But in these movies, they are raped, and the victims are also penalised…we see a lot of such movies these days, but the movie industry can help out in this situation because many people watch movies. Even if the government is not able to do much to help, our movie industry should be able to quit promoting fraud and rape. The fight against rape should be taken seriously.”
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