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Title:A Note on Several Aspects of Rape in Swaziland
Author:Armstrong, Alice K.
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
Subjects:sexual offences
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Abstract:Over 50 percent of the cases tried in the High Court in Swaziland are rape cases. There has been a great public outcry in recent years over the crime of rape. This article reexamines the following aspects of the law of rape in light of societal attitudes and Swazi customs: the question of consent to the intercourse by the woman; the question of corroboration and the cautionary rule; the problem of lodging a complaint; and forced sexual intercourse between husband and wife. It concludes that rape is a serious problem in Swaziland and that, although the courts have consistently expressed concern over the increase in rape in the country and have attempted to deter the crime by increasing sentences for convicted rapists, their treatment indicates that rape is not taken seriously enough. Ref.