By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
About 134 sexual based offence cases pending at the various high courts in Delta state, the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Barr. Peter Mrakpor, has revealed.
The Attoney General stated this in Asaba on Monday during a one-day sexual and gender based violence awareness stakeholders conference organised by the Delta State sexual and gender based violence referral team in conjunction with the 05 Initiative.
Mr. Mrakpor said that over 17 cases are ready for filing while the state has obtained 8 favourable judgements in 2019.
According to him, “there is a growing problem of sexual and gender based violence across the state, of which over 50 percent are underreported.
“What is more alarming is the reported cases settled in and out of the police station without conclusive investigation and prosecution and this occurs daily due to ignorance, poverty, intimidation, stiggmization, and poor/unprofessional handling of such cases by the police and other government agencies”.
He highlighted some of the problems confronting the sexual and gender based violence to include, “Cost of medical and forensic examination of survivors which often times are out of the reach of the survivors and their parents/gardians”.
Others are foundamental issue the team is billed to tackle is the cost of litigations and long period of legal process in court before Justice is obtained and fact that victims are made to attend court now and then exposing them to ridicles and moral degradation.
The wife of the governor of the state and the founder, 05 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa said parents should return the original love to their children.
“The sexual and gender based violence is not peculiar to Nigeria or Africa, but every where. We should go to God in total repentance and we should advice girls to dress well”.
The initiator of the association against child sexual and gender based violence, Dr Eris Jewo said rape culture was embedded in the way men think, speak and move.
“This culture is rooted in patriarchal belief, power and control. Rape culture is the social environment that allows sexual violence to be normalized and justified, fuel by the persistent gender inequalities and attitude about gender and sexuality”.