Nigeria Gang Rape Video Sparks Outrage
A video showing a Nigerian woman being repeatedly raped in her college dormitory in Nigeria has sparked cries of outrage in the country. While local authorities dismissed the ten minute video, which circulated around the campus of Abia State University before it was leaked on the internet, human rights activists are up in arms over the incident and Nigeria’s youth minister has called on police to prosecute the assailants. Several internet users are offering rewards for information about the perpetrators, who take turns raping the woman and laugh as she pleads, “Please just kill me.” Activists said the video uncovers a largely unreported epidemic of rape in the nation. The fact that the assailants recorded and circulated the rape “shows… that they’re daring society to take action on it,” said Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, executive director of a Nigerian women’s rights group, ++Project Alert++ [http://www.projectalertnig.org/hre.html]. Both the university and state government officials claimed the video was fake and denied that the incident took place on school grounds.
September 22, 2011 2:05 PM