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Anambra Assembly intensifies campaign against rape

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ANAMBRA State House of Assembly has  urged Gov.Willie Obiano to intensify efforts in the fight against rapists paedophiles while at same time, providing support services for their victims.

  Decrying the spate of such incidents in the federation, Speaker of the House, Uche Okafor, described sexual violence or rape as a crime against humanity and infringement on the rights of the victims.

  “Due to rape, many victims committed suicide, their impression about life has changed and they have found it difficult to reintegrate into the society. This is an issue that calls for concern. As legislators, we have to support the fight against this barbaric act because it could happen to our daughter, sister or anybody close to us,” Okafor said.

  He made this known  while ruling on a motion moved under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Member, Representing Aguata I Constituency, Cater Umeh and seconded by Member, Representing Ihiala II Constituency, Paschal Agbodike, during Thursday’s plenary.

  According to Umeh, there was urgent need to ensure improved counseling and rendering health, mental, psychological, financial and legal support to victims of rape and paedophilies to help them to reintegrate into the society.

  “The reports of rape and paedophiles have been on the increase in our society. There are stories of how young kids were sexually abused, molested and aspiring women made to face horrifying experiences.  It is a barbaric act against everyone; young or old, male or female, though it has a higher rate of occurrence among the female folks. Rape is an act that hurts the victims physically, psychologically and sociologically. Victims of this act suffer depression, panic attack, self- blame, isolation, aggression, feeling of shame and suicide. They also experience health problems, such as vaginal bleeding or infection, hyper active sexual disorder, unwanted pregnancy, vagina inflammation, HIV/AIDS and even death occur as a result of this act,” he said.

  Speaking further, Umeh noted that many laws and penalties such as imprisonment, castration, payment of fines were already suggested measures to curb the menace in the country.

  In his own contribution, Smart Okafor (Nnewi North) called for steady media awareness through the state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs on the dangers of rape and the need for victims to speak up.

  In another development, the House urged Gov. Obiano to direct the Ministry of Works to call back to site the contractor handling Oyeagu-Abagana-Nimo Road in Njikoka Local Government Area.

  The resolution followed a motion also moved under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, by Member Representing Njikoka I Constituency, Dr. Pete Ibida.

  According to him, the deplorable state of the abandoned road project was causing flood and deep erosion in the area, thereby creating untold hardship to the residents and road users.

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