Nigeria: Women Protest Against Incessant Rape

Women of Ogbozara Opi in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State on Wednesday took to the streets in protest against what they ascribed to the incessant rape of women in the area.

The women numbering more than 300, also condemned what they described as the high-handedness of the leadership of the community towards them.

The women marched through major roads in the area to the business premises of the President of Ogbozara Town Union, Mr Emmanuel Ezugwu, and the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Fabian Ogbuabor.

Some of the women, who spoke to newsmen, said rape cases resumed in the area after some youths arrested for similar offences in 2011were released from custody.

“There was respite for us (women) between June 2011 and November when they were in custody, but as soon as they returned, the rape resumed,” one of the women said. They lamented that not only lonely widows are victims any more as women living with their husbands and young girls now fall victims too.

“The last recorded case was on Dec. 29, 2011, when a young girl was raped. Everybody in the community knows the rapist, but the men, including our Igwe (traditional ruler), are playing games with it,” they alleged. (NAN)
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