Mothers in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital have described as worrisome, the incessant defilement of girls between the ages of 9 and 16.
Disgusted at the act which they described as despicable, some of the mothers argued that some of the perpetrators of this inhuman act are not doing it for pleasure but were allegedly using the victimized girls for ritual purposes.
According to them, it is beyond ordinary for an 80-year-old man to rape a 10-year-old girl, who should be of the age of his great-grand daughter.
Speaking with TNN in an interview, a woman leader in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, Lady Beatrice Ihunda described as disheartening the raising cases of rape in the country.
In her word, “it is indeed disheartening that today, rape, defilement of young, little, little girls is what is trending. Almost every day in the news you hear these cases and be forced to ask yourself the kind of heart these beasts, yes, they are beasts in men’ for.
“Almost every day, 60-year-old rapes 9-year-old girl, 50-year-old grandfather rapes 12-year-old-girl, then I ask, what exactly is this for? Just on February 11, when was that day? a 56-year-old man was paraded for defiling a 14-year-old girl, while a 72-year-old man was arrested for defiling a 13-year-old girl. It is becoming alarming, indeed”
Speaking of possible measures that could help curtail the incessant menace, Ihunda called on security agencies to ensure that proper investigations are carried out, with special attention given and justice duly served
For Mrs. Sarah Nyebuchi, immediate death penalty would help eradicate the reoccurring vices against the girl child.
According to her, “the issue of arrest, investigation will last for five years and then the culprit will regain his freedom and start looking for another victim to defile is not even close to a solution, yes, it’s not.
“When a man is caught and there is no doubt that he committed the crime why keep him in prison, for me, he should receive what he deserves, that will serve as deterrent to others. For me investigation hardly ends, so these innocent girls should get justice that they deserve so they will have courage to move on, because they feel threatened if they keep seeing the monster.”