Kwara Decries Increase Rate Of Rape, As it Records 1,000 Cases Annually

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The Kwara State Government have condemned the increasing cases of rape as it announced it records more than 1,000 cases yearly.

Hajia Bilkis Sidiq, an official at the state Ministry of Women Affairs, made this revelation while taking part in a “Walk Against Rape” event, organised by an Ilorin-based group, Saab Foundation, which advocated death penalty for rapists.  an official of the state Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajia Bilkis Sidiq, lamented that rapes cases being recorded in the ministry featured more elderly people than young adults as perpetrators.

She said what is annoying is that the recent cases have been featuring more elderly people than younger adults

Founder of Saab Foundation, Miss Bibire Sa’adat, a 21-year-old graduate of Mass Communication, expressed concern that there was no effective law yet against rape, saying that the police and society still stigmatised victims (survivors).

Bibire, who started the campaign against rape in January, said she had so far been involved with eight survivors, among them three young boys, one of who was raped repeatedly by the maid in their house.

The other two, she narrated, were raped by their uncles.

While commending the “walk against rape,” Hajia Bilkis  who represented the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Alhaja Ayinke Saka, said government remained committed to doing everything possible to stem the tide of rape in the state.

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