Foundation urges stringent punishment for rapists

PHEW Foundation International at a sensitisation against rape and Gender-Based violence in Warri.

MRS Uche Chigbo, the Founder/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PHEW Foundation International has called for stringent punishment for rape and Gender-Based Violence offenders in society.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Warri, Chigbo said that the development would deter would-be perpetrators.

She frowned at the slow response to rape cases and called for prompt legal action against offenders.

Chigbo urged parents to monitor their wards and encourage them to speak out when they were being violated.

According to him, the Foundation will continue to intensify its campaign against the illicit act.

“We will continue to engage in advocacy and sensitization of the public. We will visit schools, market places, and churches.

“On Sunday, we were at the church of Transfiguration, Anglican Church, Off Jakpa Road to remember those that died of AIDs, rape, and other Gender-Based-Violence.

“Parents should train their children to speak out if threatened. They should also be vigilant and observe their children and the environment.

“There should be a quick dispensation of legal cases on rape while capital punishment should be meted on offenders.

“Government should create the enabling environment for the men to be gainfully engaged because an idle mind is a devil’s workshop,’’ she said.

Chigbo urged members of the public to stop stigmatizing the victims, noting that it was not their fault.

She described rape as a “monster” that needed to be eliminated, adding that it exposed victims to numerous risks including mental disorders, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), and death among others.

Chigbo identified some of the factors responsible for rape and other forms of violence against women to include wickedness, ritual purposes, lack of self-control, and superiority over womanhood. (NAN)

– May 17, 2021 @ 12:12 GMT