RAPE: A New Tsunami
Cases of Domestic Rape/ incest being observed have seemed to take a wild turn. This came to a resolution after a father in Michigan impregnated his daughter and was sentenced for third-degree sexual misconduct. Following this was a similar case in Gombe, Nigeria, where a 50-year-old man raped and impregnated his 15-year-old daughter.
Cases of rape if not properly investigated and given appropriate charges could become an escapade in less than 10 years from now.
Protests have erupted across India after police officers and a politician were named separately in connection to two unrelated child rape cases, which are now under investigation.
Outraged followed after details released by police about the case of an 8-year-old girl who was kidnapped, sedated and gang-raped in a Hindu temple in Kathua, in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The perpetrators kept her for days, murdered her and then dumped her body in the forest, police said.
About 35,000 rape cases have been reported to the India police and 7,000 convictions were made in 2015, both increasing by about 40 percent from three years earlier, according to government data.
Also very pathetic was the story of four men, who allegedly raped an 11-year-old hawker in Ibadan, Oyo State a few months ago. The victim, a secondary school student, who lived in NNPC area of the city, was said to be hawking detergent when the suspects dragged her into an uncompleted building, where they allegedly raped her in turns.
The men had pretended that they wanted to purchase the detergent from her; they urged her to come with them to the uncompleted building to collect her money. Two others were waiting there. They then abused her.
The Oyo State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the incident said: “The case was reported by the victim’s mother; the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Samuel Adegbuyi, directed that the case should be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the command.”
A concerned mother, Mrs Josephine Nkiruka Ebo, a former President of Inner Wheel Club, Lagos, in an interview with Daily Sun, lamented that rape in the country had become endemic.
She blamed the ugly trend on the increase of moral decadence in the country.
The authorities should endeavour to enforce laws against rape and protection of the girl child so as to curb this evil menace growing in the society.
The girl child should have every right to her father, brother, close relatives and friends without the fear of being sexually abused.
Awareness should also be carried out to enable victims to speak out no matter who is involved. Every member of the society is also compelled to be on the lookout for such cases in their areas. We all should strive to be our brother’s keeper.
Protect children from this danger and always offer advice to young girls and parents too.