WEEKLY UPDATE: “Rapists should face death penalty or castration”-Tonto Dike says.

Nigerian Nollywood Actress Tonto Dike

The Nigerian Nollywood actress, Tonto Dike stated that rapists should be castrated or face death penalty.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, she said “ the cases of rape in Nigeria are fast assuming a threatening dimension that requires urgent intervention. Rape, like other forms of violence against women, is an infringement on women’s rights, privacy, self-preservation and dignity. There is little or no policy or law that protect the victims as they are most times blamed, stigmatised and humiliated by society if it is brought to the public domain. This hinders victims from embracing a mindset of reporting such an inhumane crime to the appropriate authorities.”

She also said, “anybody found guilty of rape should be sentenced to death either by hanging, firing squad or electrocution. Rape cases and sexual molestations have become the order of the day, and the victims are not getting enough justice. Most of these perpetrators still walk freely.”

Tonto Dike finally added that rape can be eradicated and work towards zero tolerance by firstly, speaking out against the root cases. Rape culture festers when we buy into ideas of masculinity that see violence and dominance as ‘strong’ and ‘manly’, and when women and girls are less valued. It is also underpinned by victim-blaming — an attitude that suggests a victim, rather than the perpetrator, bears responsibility for an assault. When discussing cases of sexual violence, a victim’s sobriety, clothes and sexuality are irrelevant. Instead, we need to counter the idea that men and boys must obtain power through violence and question the notion of sex as an entitlement. The law on rape should be amended and its definition expanded.