The bill to amend the Criminal Code Act Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, has passed its second reading at the Nigerian Senate.
The bill which is being sponsored by Oluremi Tinubu seeks to amend some portions of the main Act and amend the definition of rape as contained in Section 357. It also aims to increase punishment for kidnapping in Section 364.
The definition of rape as contained in the main Act is seen as a credit committed against women alone.
“The Criminal Code Act defines rape in Section 357 as an offence against women. However, times indicate that there are incidents of non-consensual sex perpetrated against the male gender.
This definition is particularly grievous because it perpetuates the the socio-cultural belief that men do not need to consent to sexual acts.
In addition, we must ensure that our laws and jurisprudence evolve with the rest of the world,” the lawmaker said.