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About 15 Children Defiled, Raped in Enugu by their Fathers, Uncles, Others Between July–Nov 2013

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

The International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, has, expressed concern over the alarming rate of rape of under age children in Enugu state, saying not less than 15 children were defiled between July to November this year in the state by either their fathers, uncles among other relations.

child-crying Speaking Friday in Enugu during its 2013 week, with the theme: “Women Empowerment and  sustainable Development with Emphasis on the Gains/ Chanllenges” Enugu state Chairperson of the organization, Barrister Nkiru Ugwu-Nwabueze, said the children were defiled by those they called  uncles and brothers, among other close relations.

The state FIDA boss, who advocated stiff penalty for perpetrators of the evil and unholy act, advised parents to always endeavour to give sex education to their female children so as to enable them know some sensitive parts of their body.

She hinted that among recent cases handled by FIDA, was the defilement of a 3-year-old girl by her biological father.

According her the evil father defiled the teenager while changing her pampers, adding that after committing the crime, the man claimed that his wife, who raised the alarm was mad.

Nwabueze, also disclosed that her organisation, facilitated the arrest of a man who started defiling a girl when she was 5 years, adding “that there was another case of a 9-year-old girl who was recently defiled by her uncle at Ezeagu local government area, in Enugu State.

In her speech,  Chairperson of FIDA Week/20th Anniversary Planning Committee, Barrister Edith Okorie, had explained that the theme of the week-long event was very apt.

She said “When you empower a woman, you have empowered a nation”.

Delivering a paper entitled “Women Empowerment, its Gains and Challenges”,  at the event, the Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Enugu state, Mrs A. Onaga, had noted that

President Goodluck Jonathan had gone a long way in giving effective opportunity to women in political and public office appointment.

Jonathan’s administration, she said, had scored high marks on the empowerment of women, calling on other political leaders in the country to emulate the president.

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