Open defecation encouraging rape in Plateau communities — Victims, Commissioner

IT is no longer news that cases of rape are on the increase across various states in Nigeria and communities in Plateau State are not isolated from this menace. Reports abound of cases where grown adults rape very young children including a three-month-old baby who needed surgery to correct the harm done to her system. Indeed Police divisions across local government areas in Plateau State have an average of 11 cases reported within a month. But the situation is worse in Jos North and Jos South, the major cities which have not less than five cases in a week.

Although various reasons like the influence of alcohol and drugs, indecent dressing, keeping late nights, the influence of peers, among others, have been deduced for engaging in rape, activists maintain there is no justification for rape and are canvassing stiffer punishment for perpetrators. However, Arewa Voice finding reveals that some cases of rape in communities in Jos North and Jos South local government areas occurred when the victims were defecating openly in the bushes and some passersby pounced on them and raped them. For instance, just last week at Rukuba road area of Jos North, a teenage girl with sickle cell disease was waylaid and raped while defecating in the bush. She said that when the perpetrator, who is on the run, saw her: “He picked a big stone, held me on my neck and vowed to smash my head if I raised an alarm. I was too scared to shout as he had his way and left. I managed to get home and tell my family what happened.” At Dong area of the same local government area within the same period, a middle-aged woman who was heading to the market in the early hours of the morning but decided to defecate in the bush, Arewa Voice learned, was waylaid by a young man who robbed her of her money and also raped her. She too could not shout because “the road was quiet”.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/07/open-defecation-encouraging-rape-in-plateau-communities-victims-commissioner/

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