NAWOJ Seeks Speedy Trial of Rapists, Gender-Based Violence Offenders
Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has called for speedy judicial process of rape and other gender-based violence in the country.
State council chairperson, Comrade Adeola Ekine made the call on the hinge of the association’s one week nationwide campaign coordinated by NAWOJ Chairpersons in all the states to speak up against rape and other gender-based violence from 15th to 21st of June, 2020.
Ekine stressed that while castration or death penalty might be good punishment for perpetrators, there is need to look into the case of delayed trial and prolonged judicial process.
“Often times, perpetrators are encouraged to continue because they feel they can get away with it. How many rapists have been convicted so far?” she asked.
She commended the actions of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP by publishing a sex offender register.
“NAPTIP recently published sex offender register which identifies convicted rapists in the country, it is a step in the right direction but how many people are on that list? Can you compare the figure of those that have been convicted to the number of rape cases in the past?
She harped on the need for parents to raise their boys to become responsible adults., saying, “We need to raise our boys to be responsible adults. As we are instilling discipline in our girls, we should do same for our boys too, as such they won’t become delinquent and rapists. “We must go all out to have conversations with their sons daily almost on everything possible. Filter friends and types of music our sons listen to ensure their spirits are not contaminated”.