The Delta State Government has raised the alarm over high rate of defilement of minors and domestic violence in the state.
The Director, Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Unit of the Ministry Justice, Mrs Uche Akamagwuna, said the ministry was currently prosecuting over 300 cases of defilement of minors alone and over 50 cases of domestic violence including five cases of incest in courts in the state.
He spoke in Asaba, the state capital, during the ongoing awareness campaign in schools against sexual and domestic violence in schools.
Akamagwuna narrated the ordeal of a 17-year-old girl, who was ganged raped by a group of nine boys at Ogume, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, saying the cases of defilement had assumed an alarming dimensions.
She said, “Eight out of the nine boys that allegedly raped the 17 years old girl have been remanded in prison custody by a Kwale High Court, while one of the boys is still at large.
“The court has issued a bench warrant of arrest against the remaining accused person, one Mr Lucky, who is still at large.”
While addressing students of Madonna International Secondary School, Asaba, Akamagwuna told them that sodomy, rape and other sexual ofences were punishable under the law while urging them to shun them.
“The prescribed punishment for rape and defilement under Sections 357 and 218, Cap C21, Volume 1 of Laws of Delta State, 2006, is life imprisonment while indecent assault under Section 360 carries two years imprisonment .
Akamagwuna, who noted that the state government had zero tolerance for all forms of sexual related offences, averred that the Child’s Right Law which had since been domesticated by the state adequately protected the rights and the dignity of every child.
She warned against indecent dressing, cultism and access to obscene films which she said were promoting improper sexual behaviours.