Oyo state chapter of Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) on Monday charged the state government to come up with better ways of protecting Women, Girls and Children in the state
The association in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its Oyo State President, Dr Omolara Olusola-Taiwo emphasized that the time has come for a better handling of rape and gender based violence in the state which usually are not followed up to a logical conclusion this embolding perpetrators to continue this horrible act.
MNAW in the statement maintained that ” enough is enough of using girls and women ‘as objects of gratification by unscrupulous elements in the society”, saying, “this is to reiterate that girls and women are not inferior or less important in the society and we refuse to allow our girls to be used as objects of gratification by unscrupulous elements in the society”.
“We are using this medium to call on the Commissioner of Police, the state government and all other Ministries saddled with the affairs of Women in the state to ensure that the culprits are apprehended and justice served”, she said
Dr Olusola-Taiwo added, “we also call for better handling of similar cases of rape and gender based violence which usually are not followed up to a logical conclusion thus embolding perpetrators to continue this horrible act. Children, girls and women are a vulnerable group in our population, so, we call for better ways of protection of their lives” .
The association however commended Oyo state government and the state Police command for their actions so far on the case of rape and murder of the 18years old Barakat Bello, the association tasked them to do more and bring the perpetrators to book so that the death of the IAR&T student will not be in vain.
“We thank the state government and the police for what has been done so far while encouraging them to do more so that the death of this young promising lady whose life was cut short in her prime will not be in vain.
MWAN stands in solidarity with the family of Bello Barakat in seeing to it that justice is served”.