Maritime women  to sponsor bill against rape

Segun Oladipupo

The different women groups in the maritime industry have started a process of coming together to sponsor a bill against the rape of women in the country.

The bill is coming on the heels of the incessant rape cases in the country in recent times. Recall the case of Uwa, a University of Benin student raped to death in a church in the state.

Also, Barakat was killed after being raped as well as a 12-yr  old girl raped to death in her house in Lagos, among others.

Speaking on the issue, Hajia Bola Muse, Chief Executive Officer of Bomarah Group of Companies, said that the women in the maritime sector have started compiling the list of women groups to sponsor the bill.

Condemning the development, Hajia Muse, who doubles as the President, Women in Maritime, Nigeria (WIM-Nigeria) said that it was time the anomaly is kicked out of the society.

She added that if the issue of rape is not addressed now, anybody could fall victim of the malady at anytime.

“The case of rape in the country especially the agony, stigma that the victims go through is a serious one especially the fact that the people affected cannot overcome it overnight.

“So, we women from different groups and associations in the maritime like WILAT, WISTA, Women Entrepreneurs have started compiling our list because we want to send a bill to the National Assembly in respect of this matter.

“It could be anybody at anytime. Mind you, it is not only women that are raped, men too suffer rape. All these things are what we want to look into.

“The case of rape has been there before now but it became so rampant because of the lockdown arising from the raging covid 19 pandemic,” she stated.

She stated further that her association has commenced sensitization campaign that women should not be shy to relay their experience so as to bring the perpetrators to book.

To her, if some fail to come out boldly to state their experiences, perpetrators of the heinous crime will continue in their criminality.

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