Create rape crisis centres, female lawyers tell FG

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FILE PHOTO: Indian police officials escort Mukesh Singh, a rapist
Some female lawyers in Abuja have advised the Federal Government to create rape crisis centres, counselling service and other victims assistance agency as measures to address the menace of rape.
The lawyers gave the advice in separate interviews with NAN on Sunday in Abuja.
They noted that the creation of such institutions would help in addressing the high rate of rape and its attendant effects on the victims.
A lawyer, Mrs Chinelo Oputa, told NAN that rape incidents were increasing in different parts of the country and there was an urgent need for government to assist the victims.
Oputa said that effective and well managed crisis centres and counselling units would help the rape victims to learn how to cope with the emotional trauma and physical impacts of the assault.
The lawyer identified impunity as a major factor for the high rate of rape cases.
She said that reported cases of rape were, in most cases, not properly investigated before charging suspects to court resulting in letting the suspects off the hook or giving them light punishments.
Oputa said that this accounted for many offenders to see rape as a joy ride and therefore encouraged to keep perpetrating the crime.
She urged the police to conduct proper investigations when cases of rape were brought to them and ensure that the perpetrators pay dearly for their crime.
Oputa said that rape is a very serious crime and the offender must be made to face the full weight of the law.
“Despite the prevalence of rape and violence cases, offenders are neither arrested nor prosecuted.
“Even when arrest is made, prosecutors are often reluctant to take on such cases seriously,” she said.
Another Abuja-based female lawyer, Mrs Oluwaseye Odediran, said that most rape victims in the country lived with the trauma because of lack of …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper