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n Journal for Juridical Science - Baby rape : why does the law not protect them?

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Abstract

<b>Baba-verkragting : waarom beskerm die reg hulle nie?</b> <br>Die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing is die afgelope tyd geskud deur 'n toename in gevalle van verkragting van babas en jong kinders. Navorsing dui daarop dat die reg nie voldoende beskerming bied aan die slagoffers van sodanige misdade nie, veral met betrekking tot die ondersoek-proses, en die proses in die howe waar geregtigheid teenoor hierdie weerlose slagoffers dikwels 'n innoverende, multi-dissiplinêre benadering vereis. Daar word verwys na die struikelblokke in die regsproses waarmee die slagoffers gekonfronteer word, en die aanbevelings van die S A Regskomissie om die tekortkominge deur wetgewing aan te spreek. Daar word gewaarsku dat die blote daarstel van uitgebreide wetgewing, sonder die praktiese implementering van spesialis-ondersoekspanne en howe (ook in afgeleë gebiede), om sake van hierdie aard te ondersoek en te verhoor, van min waarde sal wees. Daar word aanbeveel dat die instel van spesialis-howe wat op streeksbasis as rondgaande howe funksioneer oorweeg behoort te word.

South African society has recently been confronted by an escalation of baby- and child-rape incidences which cry out for legal intervention. Research has shown that an innovative, multidisciplinary approach is called for to protect babies and young children as victims of violent crime in their quest for justice during investigation and subsequent legal process. Reference is made to the obstacles in the existing legal system confronting these victims, and the proposals of the S A Law Commission to address these shortcomings. A warning is sounded that the mere amendment of the law, extensive though it may be, will remain paper law without the means to implement investigation teams and special courts, supported by the necessary expertise, to investigate and adjudicate cases of this nature. To provide access in remote areas, the institution of special courts operating on a regional basis as circuit courts ought to be considered.

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2003-06-01
2016-12-09
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