Rape of mi­nors must stop

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Veron­ica Amuka, Awka, Anam­bra State

Lately, re­ports of rape of mi­nors have be­come ram­pant, with the lat­est be­ing the rape of a 14-year-old girl by a policeman. What ex­actly is hap­pen­ing to us, as a peo­ple? What has be­come of our val­ues? It is very un­for­tu­nate that chil­dren and young peo­ple are grad­u­ally be­com­ing en­dan­gered species. The most nau­se­at­ing is re­port of fa­thers mo­lest­ing their daugh­ters. The lat­est in­ci­dent in Onit­sha is very wor­ri­some be­cause not only was the girl mo­lested, but by a man who ought to be pro­tect­ing cit­i­zens from such at­tacks. Each time this type of in­ci­dent oc­curs, we talk about get­ting strin­gent laws to check rapists but I don’t think that is the ma­jor is­sue. How well have we im­ple­mented the ex­ist­ing laws? No­body has been se­verely pun­ished for the crime of rape. The rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties should en­sure that any­one con­victed of rape faces the max­i­mum sen­tence; there should be no op­tion of fine. For the policeman fin­gered in the lat­est in­ci­dent, I urge the po­lice high com­mand to en­sure that jus­tice is done in the mat­ter. He and any­one found cul­pa­ble in the is­sue should be pros­e­cuted to serve as a de­ter­rent to oth­ers.

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