By Chioma Ndife
The United Traders Association (UTA), a Non-governmental Organisation comprising market women in Anambra State, has condemned the spate of rape in the country and urged the government to enact a law making it a death sentence.
UTA, in a peaceful demonstration to the Anambra State House of Assembly, the State police command, the state government house and others on Wednesday, July 15, in order to record their displeasure over the growing rape cases across the country, argued that making stringent laws would help to contain sexual related offences as it would impact negatively on society.
Speaking at the protest, the group’s National President, Mrs. Nkiru Duru, lamented that victims of rape, their friends and families, often suffered permanent social and psychological trauma that harmed the entire social system.
‘We market women, as mothers, want the government at all levels and security agencies and other relevant authorities to take more proactive measures to end rape in Nigeria. We sincerely believe that a stiffer punishment like death sentence will help to discourage and curb the menace,’ Duru added.
Also speaking, the UTA Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Nkiru Nwagbo, soliciting media support on the campaign against rape and violence against women, urged men to join in the crusade with a view to reducing the menace.
Receiving the women at the Anambra State House of Assembly complex, the Deputy Speaker of the legislative arm, Hon. Paschal Agbodike, said the 7th Assembly would never relent in enacting laws to safeguard the populace against rape and other gender based violence.
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Haruna Muhammed, who received the women on behalf of the Police Commissioner, Mr. John Abang, called for more campaign against rape, which according to him, had helped in the increasing numbers of reported cases of rape in the state.
‘This is why between January 2020 and now, the Command has recorded 20 cases of Rape out of which 15 cases were charged to Court and still on trial. 21 suspects were arrested and 5 cases are under investigation,’ Muhammed added.