One of the reported cases of minor defilement happened in December 2013 in Oba-Ile, a town near Akure in which a 71 year old hunter, Kayode Ganiyu lured a 6 year old girl into his one room apartment with ten Naira and raped her.
One of the victims of rape, 16 year old Senior Secondary School One Student in Akure narrateed her ordeal in the hands of rapists.
She was gang raped by six young men identified as members of a cult group called Blue angels. They recorded the evil act on their phones and threatened to post it on the internet if she exposed them.
They were also using this to further have carnal knowledge of the girl until they were caught and paraded by Officers of Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Olumide Abudu, a journalist based in Akure is of the view that negligence on the part of the parents in the upbringing of their daughters who dress seductively as a major cause of rape.
Many of such cases of rape and defilment occur often but are not reported partly because of the victim having a fear of being stigmatised.
On her part, Adenike Daramola, a student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State told Channels Television that ladies are exposed to rape by both young and elderly men. She however advised ladies to dress well, without exposing sensitive parts of their bodies.
A mother, Deaconess Victoria Olagunju further called on parents to take adequate care of their children, noting that rapists use certain things to entice the girls in order to rape them.
She called for a thorough punishment of anyone caught committing the act so as to deter others.
An Akure based Legal practitioner, Barrister Ayodele Ojopagogo, likewise, bemoaned the provocative manner in which people, especially youths, both males and females dress nowadays.
He advocated life imprisonment for rapists; and similarly, between 7 to 14 years jail term, without an option of fine for ladies who dress indecently, exposing the sensitive parts of their bodies.
However, a spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Wole Ogodo, stressed that a decent man would never rape for any reason. He added that although, some ladies dressed indecently, which expose them to being victims of rape, that is not enough reason for rape.
He maintained that the Police was working assiduously to ensure rape cases are brought low in the State.
Ogodo also called on the judges and magistrates to give appropriate punishment to rapists as this would go a long way in curbing the rising cases of the crime.
Speaking to Channels Television on the menace, the Director of Public Prosecutions in Ondo State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Adesola Adeyemi-Tuki, said that though, indecent dressing could lead to rape, “it is part of the constitutional rights of every Nigerian to dress as they wish without being sexually molested” .
The chairperson of Ondo State Chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Adeyemi-Tuki, insisted that under the Criminal code of Nigeria, the punishment of rape was life imprisonment.
She also advocated for stiffer penalties such as castration and death sentence for rapists.
She equally prescribed that men who engaged in defiling little children be sent to asylum as they must be suffering from mental disorder.
Moreover, she declared her support for the introduction of dress code for civil servants as indecent dressing had become very rampant among female workers.