The Kwara State Government in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission NHRC have expressed its readiness to wage war against rape and other forms of women molestation in the state.
This development is coming on the spate of rape cases, violence against women, among others in the country.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Salman Jawondo, disclosed that the state government is ready to work with the commission in order to stem the tide.
Jawondo who hosted the state branch of NHRC expressed concern that the ugly trend has been threatening the peace of the society, saying minors are the most vulnerable.
According to him, some people indulge in the crime not for sexual satisfaction but for ritual purposes, adding that the hand of law must catch up with them.
The Attorney General also warned ladies who are in their prime to desist from wearing provocative dresses that could attract unnecessary attentions.
He added that there are cases of women raping men, stressing that proper attention should be given to such development too.
“The case is on the increase especially at this time, those who indulge in it with children, I want to believe is not for sexual satisfaction but for rituals. What of women who rape men, we need to be concerned about that too”. he said.
Government’s support for NHRC
The State Commissioner for Communications, Alhaji Muritala Olanrewaju pledged government’s support for the commission.
The coordinator of the commission in the state, Barrister Jumoke Olaoye, urged women to always speak up whenever they are being sexually molested, saying the commission will continue to say no to rape and women violence.
“NHRC was established by National Assembly some years back but came into function in 2012 in Kwara State. We are backed by law to investigate, summon, and visit certain places like prisons. We also have the special function of defending the voiceless especially women who are being sexual harassed in the society”, she said.
Olaoye said the commission embarked on a week-long protest against rape of the under-aged girl child, violence against women among others. The scourge is on the increase and the commission is saying no to rape.