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Delta NAWOJ Seeks Life Imprisonment for Rapist



The National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Delta State Chapter, has advocated for life Imprisonment for rapist in the State.

Members of NAWOJ led by the chairperson, Comrade Patricia Gbemudu made the advocacy during a courtesy visit on the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor , at Asaba.


Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor (5th right), Delta State Chairperson of NAWOJ (6,th Right) and other members of the Association during a courtesy visit, yesterday (25/8/2020), at Asaba.

Comrade Gbemudu who explained that life Imprisonment of rapists will serve as deterrent said that some States have more  execute more stringent laws in punishing culprits.

Gbemudu noted that most cases of rape are not reported because of rigidity in the process of seeking redress and inability of victims to provide evidence.

She however appealed to the State Government to implement stricter  laws against rape as well as infrastructures that can help victims achieve justice.

In his response, the Attorney General said law punishment for  rape is 14 years imprisonment but many of such cases do not get to conviction stage because of unwillingness of victims to testify in court.

Mrakpor averred that stigmatization, monetary compensation as well as pressure to let go of rape cases hinders actions aimed at securing justice for victims.

Notwithstanding, the commissioner of Justice restated the State Government’s commitment in protecting the vulnerable through laws and provision of facilities.

While thanking female journalists for participating in the fight against rape in the State, he observed that the media’s collaboration is needed for information and publicity against the menace.

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