05 Nov 2018 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) - The Popular Democratic Movement Womens League (PDMWL) has raised concern about prison sentences given to rape convicts, describing them as too compassionate and not befitting the crime.
PDMWL Secretary-General, Loide Iipinge in a media statement availed to Nampa on Monday, noted that such sentences do not correlate with the grievous damage rape does to the victims and society at large.
Iipinge said there is a need for the countrys legal system to start looking at rape as a serious crime that deserves the harshest of sentences.
We feel that these sentences are encouraging perpetrators to continuously engage in this hideous act, with full knowledge that they will not face any heavy punishment for doing so, she said.
The PDMWL also called upon the Ministry of Gender and Equality and all relevant stakeholders to rigorously engage in awareness programmes and campaigns to educate would-be victims on elements to look out for to avoid being raped.
We also want to commend the Namibian Police Forces for their unwavering investigations and quick apprehension of perpetrators. We would also want to urge them to continue to do so while we advocate for stiffer penalties for offenders, said Iipinge.
Iipinge said recent cases of young girls being raped by men whose care they are left in are disturbing and should be a warning to all parents and guardians to take better care of children, referencing a recent case in which a 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a minor in Windhoek.
According to the Namibian Police Force, the victim and another child were left in the care of the suspect, who threatened to harm them before one of them ran away.
The suspect allegedly got hold of the victim, threatened her with a knife and tried to rape her but because penetration could not take place, he took a knife, cut her private parts and then forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.