BY ESE DIBEBI
Veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Zeb Ejiro has added his voice to those who have called on the government to wake up and take the prosecution of rapists more seriously.
He told ThisDayLive after being asked what his thoughts on rape were, “I think the law should be strengthened. I think the government should concentrate more on the issue of rape in Nigeria. Look if a girl is raped today, the person needs to prove beyond every reasonable doubt that the act actually occurred else nobody will listen to her. It is becoming an everyday thing and the law is not doing anything to rapists. I feel so sad because so many of our young girls have been victims of this (dastardly) act and till date many of these rapists have gone scot-free.“
“This is so because nobody is prosecuting them. I believe the law at the moment is weak pertaining to dealing with rapists. And young girls need to be protected by their parents or guardians, so as not to expose them to rapists. Then, you also have the societal stigma, emotional and physical trauma that rape victims have to endure. Rape is indeed a shameful act, so anyone caught in the act should be greatly punished by the government,” urged Zeb Ejiro whose brother, Chico Ejiro is also a well-respected name in the Nigerian movie industry.
It will be recalled that just this week, actress Dorothy Njemanze revealed, to the horror of many, that she has been raped more than 10 times.