National Council of Women Societies calls for stiffer punishment for rapists
President National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) kaduna State Chapter Mrs Deborah Dan Ishaya has condemned increased cases of violence against women and girls in the society since the lockdown due to Covid-19, saying it is time for stiffer punishment for rapists
Speaking with the media in kaduna North West Nigeria recently, Mrs. Ishaya noted that cases of rape, defilement and other forms of domestic violence have continued unabated.
Mrs Isaya added that she concurred to the statement made by the Hon Gudaje kazaure ,who said , the rapist manhood be removed stressing that kaduna State cannot longer condone rapist in his state
“We live in strange times; to begin with, the coronavirus that knows no border struck the world unannounced, killing over many people. Before Covid-19, it has been acknowledged that violence against women and girls is one of the most surreptitious forms of violation of their human rights.
“Sexual violence and other forms of torture against women and girls have also been affirmed to be a crime against humanity, she said.
She said that since the outbreak of Covid-19, there has been spike in violence against women and girls and sexual gender-based violence when in reality one expected a decrease because of the disruptions caused by the pandemic; fear and anxiety about one’s survival and measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus like lockdowns and social distancing.
“However, on the contrary the world has witnessed a steady rise and Nigeria is no different. It has been tales of woes for women and girls caught up in the web of the pervasive violence in public and private spaces, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic,” she added.
She begged the government and other stakeholders do more to halt the trend of increasing gender-based violence.
“The truth is that there is low accountability to violence perpetrated against the female gender. Today, it is Uwa Omozuwa (Benin), yesterday it was Tina Ezekwe (Lagos), a year before it was Ochanya (Benue) and unaccountable others.
“In 2014, it was evidence- that was raped and murdered in Enugu and she became a body of growing evidence of the heinous crime of rape and sexual assault against womanhood.
“The truth is that there is no safe space for women and girls anymore. It is now an epidemic within a pandemic of Covid-19,” she said.
According to her, NCW$ organisation has received numerous numbers of rape cases recently.