Legal Depository: Bigamy

By Aisha Ajekigbe

Bigamy is the condition of having two wives or two husbands at the same time. The┬ásecond marriage to someone who is already legally married is void and may be annulled, while there is no effect on the first marriage. A person who knowingly commits bigamy is guilty of a crime, but it is seldom prosecuted unless it is part of a fraudulent scheme to get another’s property or some other felony. However, it should not be confused with polygamy.

Legal Depository: Rape

By Aisha Ajekigbe

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration perpetrated against a person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.