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Muslim women, Benin Chief Imam want stiffer penalties for rapists


By Imelda Osayande

Benin – The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Edo chapter and the Chief Imam of Benin, Abdulfatai Enabule, have called on government to impose stiffer penalties on perpetrators of rape.
They made the call on Tuesday in Benin during a protest, organised by FOMWAN against raping and killing of girls and women across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesting women carried placards, with different inscriptions, such as “Say No to Rape”, “Join the fight against rape”, “Age no matter; whether three, five, 18, 50 and 80 years, it is rape,” among others.
Speaking on behalf of the National Amirah (Woman Leader), Hajiya Halima Jibril, the state Amira, Hajia Rabi Abiri, said as Muslim mothers, they had watched with concern the increase in the incidence of rape across the country.

“This has heightened the level of insecurity, while women’s freedom of movement is being threatened and their dignity shredded.
“Women and children are living in fear of being molested, abused or killed,” Jibril said.

According to her, rape, in whatever form, negates the teaching of the world’s major religions, which preach chastity as an essential requirement for a morally-upright family, community and nation.
Jibril called on government at all levels to institute practical mechanism that would give better protection for girls and women under the law, while ensuring that perpetrators were brought to book.
Also speaking, the Chief Imam of Benin noted that women were created to be respected and not to be violated.

He called on both the federal and the state governments to have the political will to come up with stiffer penalties for perpetrators of rape.
Enabulele said that they were out to support the women in the protest, noting that raping and killing of girls and women should be a concern to all Nigerians.


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