Zambia Minister advocates for law on spousal rape

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Minister of Higher Education Prof. Nkanda Luo has called for laws to address rape in the matrimonial bedroom, saying it is a big part of gender-based violence (GBV), the state-run Times of Zambia reported on Monday.

Prof. Luo said the time had come to enact an Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill that would strengthen the law on marital rape, a serious form of GBV that was not getting as much attention as other types.

The Minister called for a private member’s motion to be presented to parliament for the strengthening of the law on GBV with special emphasis on rape in the matrimonial bedroom, defilement and early marriages.

Prof. Luo said this when she met with members of Parliament on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues.

“The issue of marriage rape is also a big problem. Let us reflect and agree on how we will be able to deal with all these issues of rape," she said.
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18 december 2017 09:48:08




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