AL-MU’MINAAT (the Believing Women) Organisation has asked all women to take the upbringing of their male children seriously.
The organisation expressed concern about increasing rape cases, arguing that improperly trained male children are the ones on the rampage violating the women around the country.
The National Amirah of the organisation, Hajiya Nimatullah Abdulquadir, said: “The rape and killing of girls and women are becoming a daily headline in our national dailies. Even religious houses are not spared.
“All parents with female children fear for the safety of their daughters. We are all guilty of this insanity going on. We all need to take a retrospect into how we might have contributed consciously or unconsciously to the evil tsunami that is currently sweeping through our nation.”
Hajiya Abdulquadir said shaming or blaming of rape victims or survivors is dangerous, warning those who overtly or covertly seek to accuse victims of being responsible for their ordeal to desist.
She added: “No woman deserves to be raped, and while Islam encourages decent dressing, accusing victims of being responsible for rape because of their dressing or being in particular places at the time of the crime is a great injustice.
“The legislature at all levels must sit to review the laws on rape and provide stiffer punishment that can serve as deterrent to others.
“The law enforcement agents and lawyers must make sure that the law takes its course on offending crimes. The Nigerian police must put their expertise into use to track down offenders. Looking for volunteered information is not enough; forensic audit and other modern means should be used to track perpetrators.
“Organisations, both civil and religious, should educate their members.
“Al-Mu’minaat also calls on the National Orientation Agency to rise up to educating the populace about this ugly trend and the need to protect the girl-child.”
The organisation condoled with all Nigerians who have lost their relatives to the coronavirus pandemic, warning that the worst is not over.
It pleaded with Nigerians not to pressurise the government into opening up all educational institutions, especially pre-tertiary institutions, as not all schools in the nation have the capacity to prevent the spread of the virus.
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