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South Africa: Doctor Invents Female Condom with 'Teeth'‎ ( Watch pics and Video )

Few dare confront it, yet the violating act of rape is still very much an aspect of every society. But for one South African doctor, something needed to be done -- and fast -- to stem the menace after her encounter with a rape victim.

She invented female condoms with "teeth". Four decades ago when Dr Sonnet Ehlers was reportedly on call at night, a devastated rape victim was brought in.

Forty years down the line, she came up with a unique solution, worn by women like tampons -- the Rape-aXe. The device can only be surgically removed once it has lodged itself on the male genital, which will result in positive identification of the attacker and subsequent arrest.

Dr Sonnet went a step further and consulted "engineers, gynaecologists and psychologists" to help make the design safe and not subject victims to HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. The anti-rape condom is now undergoing a trial period in South Africa, where it is distributed free to women, especially during the Fifa World Cup. Once the trial is over, it will be available on the market for $2.20 (Sh170).

A new anti-rape condom with teeth for women has been invented by Doctor Sonnet Ehlers:

Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place. The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man's penis during penetration, Ehlers said. Once it lodges, only a doctor can remove it -- a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest. "It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on," she said. "If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter... however, it doesn't break the skin, and there's no danger of fluid exposure."

Some people see Dr Sonnet's innovation as welcome, since women have always taken drastic steps to ward off rape. However, critics are accusing Dr Sonnet of developing a medieval weapon in fighting rape. They are asserting that the device will only incite more violence against women since a man subjected to great pain might easily kill the woman wearing it, adding that the act of wearing the condom in anticipation of being assaulted represents enslavement that no woman should be subjected to.

Ms Rosemary Okello, the director of African Woman and Child Feature Service (AWC), a non-governmental organisation based in Nairobi, seems to agree. Speaking to the Nation Media Group's online publication, Africa Review, Ms Okello says "medical invention cannot be used to tackle a social problem", since this will not address say, sexual harassment. Then there are all those babies who are subjected to rape, but are still too young to wear the condom.

Ms Okello added that although the device had been developed in good faith, it was still gender and age biased. "What about men who are also victims of rape, and how many women will have access to it?" she asked. Like other lobbyists, she is instead rooting for more preventative and educational measures for both men and women, aimed at stopping sexual assault in the first place. At the World Cup, the world is watching to see if rapists will be deterred.

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Comment by robert griffin on July 1, 2010 at 3:11am
what if a women cheat an a man gets one of these condoms an turn around on the women
Comment by Rebbel Uneek on July 1, 2010 at 2:49am
Comment by LYNX on June 30, 2010 at 8:16pm
nice invention raping of our females must stop now ,but hold on what if me and my wife in an argument and she wanna spite me looool
Comment by Rootsman on June 30, 2010 at 8:06pm
Good! the raping of our women has to stop! n if biting into the 'cockie' diffuses this voilent act...then I'm all for it.
Comment by Gailann Stephen on June 30, 2010 at 5:03pm
Not bad at all!!
Comment by Amuse Me on June 30, 2010 at 2:34pm
Comment by west on June 30, 2010 at 12:21pm
ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i will feel sorry for who get trap on this
Comment by on June 29, 2010 at 6:57pm
Serious ting! About time!

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Comment by Da GreyLion on June 29, 2010 at 4:10pm
All these are great ideas but instead of comments we need to foward letters to the people who can get these to our women and try to end this hanis crime.
Comment by snooke on June 29, 2010 at 4:09pm
Make yuh nah rape nuh gyal from da yard

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