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NAWOJ, PRRFN decries Attitude of lawmakers to Make Strict Laws Against rapists

NAWOJ, PRRFN decries Attitude of lawmakers to Make Strict Laws Against rapists

By Alex Uangbaoje

National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria (PRRFN) has hinged incessant rape cases in Nigeria on the inability of lawmakers to legislate on strict laws that would nip the madness in the bud even though some laws are already in place.

Vice President of NAWOJ, North-west, Ahjia Zainab Shuaib, in an interview, said the association has been adding its voice to other women professional bodies including women lawyers, promising to continue until the laws on rape are been implemented, thereby calling on newly elected lawmakers to come to their aid.

She said, “I’m calling on newly elected national and states assembly members to look at the alarming cases of rape in the country, especially up North. We know there are laws on ground but not strong enough and most times with little or no implementation. But the situation whereby the rapists are walking freely in the street is a bad omen for the future of girl-child and women.

“Are they telling us not to have female children again. As journalists, we can only raise alarm, which we have been doing. We cannot take the laws into our hands. Unfortunately we are in environment where in most cases, the victims of rape live with the trauma for the rest of their life and everybody seems to be watching”, she added.

Also, the chairperson of PRRFN, Ahjia Maryam Abubakar in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna, called for tougher punishment such as life imprisonment and castration of rapist to halt increasing attacks on girl-child and infecting them with HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, calling on Human Right Organization, Activists,NGOs, and Civil Society organization to join her organization in the campaign on violence against women especially, rape.

According to Ahjia Maryam, “The unfortunate thing is that most parents are shy to take their daughter to police,or file a court case due to poverty and low level of Child right violation. Many parents usually hid their daughter after been raped by either elderly person,or group of young boys,or someone that is known in the community.

“The problem has led to the emergence of gang-rape activities among youth, sometimes some elders person were also found capable of forcing young girls into sex with little things or money ,which adversely affect the lives of their victims”.

“It really unfortunate how ritual forces young girls into sex and some times they killed them without even Knowing that the young girl is dead“, she decried.

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