Mrs Okowa Urges Rape Victims to Promptly Alert Authorities
The wife of Delta State Governor Dame Edith Okowa has urged victims of rape to promptly report such incidents to the authorities for the appropriate punishment for offenders and to deter potential perpetrators of the crime.
Mrs. Okowa stated this at the Government House Asaba, during an event to celebrate children with the theme: Access to Child Friendly Justice System.
The governor’s wife also decried the practice where parents of victims of abuse fails to report such cases to the police due to pressure from family of the rapist or fear of stigmatization.
Meanwhile, Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development Mrs. Flora Alatan, condemned the rise in cases of child molestation, while advocating improvements in implementation of the nation’s child justice system to protect children from abuse.
The commissioner also appealed for easy access to legal provisions aim to guarantee the right of children.
The event featured a debate competition and art exhibition, where school children from the three senatorial districts of the state won laptops and cash prizes.