by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Women group have staged a stand-for-peaceful-rally to end rape of girls and child abuse in society, in Kaduna.
The rally was organized by International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, in collaboration with other women organizations in the states.
The main aims of the rally was said to be “enough is enough of all forms of girl-child abuses and other children that are facing rape cases on daily basis across the country.
President of FIDA, Kaduna branch, Zainab Atoba, made the remarks during a stand-still rally at their head office at Abakwa Kaduna, saying, “The rate of violence against women and children in the society was getting out of hand; hence, the need to quickly address it to save lives of women and children in the community.
“Rape cases are on the increase in the country; that is putting lives of women and children on danger on daily basis,” she said.
“The reason for the rally is to raise more awareness on the dangers of rape in the society that is affecting lives of innocent children and women, including elderly women and widows.
Zainab pointed that most of the rape victims face psychological trauma and other health challenges, as many don’t even have money to go for medical treatment to treat themselves.
According to the chairperson of the association, they are gathered to say “No” to rape in the society. She note that, in each and every minute, there is report on rape of a child in the country, stressing that “this is not really good for women and children in the country.”
Zainab said they want government to discipline the rapists through castration or sentence to death, in order to end threat most innocent children face in the society.
She then called on religious leaders, traditional title holders and other stakeholders to support the battle against child-rape and other ways of maltreating children in the society.
Similarly, the national president of Jamiyyar Matan Arewa, Hajiya Rabi Saulawa, emphasized on the need to educate parents and guardians to always watch the movement of their children.
She noted that there is need to engage traditional titled holders and clerics so as to sensitize the public on the dangers of raping children and women in the society.
In her own remark, the national president of Interfaith Dialogue, Women Wing, in Kaduna, Hajiya Aisha Kazaure, expressed worries over increased abuse of children and women in the society due to lack of commitment to punish offenders.
She called for the review of Nigeria constitution on dealing with child abuses and rape in the society. Aisha applauded organizers of the peaceful rally, saying, it should be a continuous process.
In another development, an interfaith specialist, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjan , has called on civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, national council for women and society, rural and urban women organizations to equally join and embark on taking advocacy visits to necessary stakeholders in the state, in order to “make show” that there is a review in the constitution on rape cases.
She also advocates on more women across the country to join the campaign against all forms of child abuses and domestic violence in their communities.
Ramatu made the statement during an interview with the press in Kaduna, while stressing on the need to call on all necessary stakeholders in the fight against child abuse, such as UNICEF, WHO, federal and state ministries of women, security forces and para-military.
She ended by saying “The daily report of violence, which includes sexual assault, battery, rape, defilement, trafficking, forced marriage, abuse and host of other vices against women and children, must be tamed.
“There is need for government to start castrating raping, so as to make life better for the children in both rural and urban centres. Some of rape victims usually get infected with HIV/AID and other sexually-transmitted diseases. There is need for tougher punishment for rape victims,” she noted.