Senator Ekwunife foots hospital bill of 20-year old groundnut seller and rape victim who gave birth to triplet
– calls for more proactive action against the increasing cases of rape in Nigeria.
The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife has taken up the hospital expenses of the 20-year old groundnut seller and a victim of rape who took in and delivered triplets at a hospital in Imo State.
Ekwunife who this Saturday reacted to the incident published on social media revealing that the 20-year old rape victim was stranded at Prevailer Care Clinic and Maternity in Mbaitolu local government area of Imo State over her inability to settle her hospital bills which was N422,000 described the trauma the young groundnut seller went through in the hands of rapists and her subsequent inability to pay her hospital bills as an ordeal which should not be the lot of any Nigerian.
Delivering the sum of 500,000.00 naira, bundles of diapers and tissues to the victim and mother of triplet, the Senator who was represented by a team led by her Legislative Assistant, Mrs Ifeyinwa Chinwuko described the incident as unfortunate and an eye opener to the challenges being faced by victims of rape and sexual abuse.
In a message delivered through the team led by Mrs Chinwuko, Ekwunife who is a strong advocate against rape and gender based violence expressed saddness over the ordeal of the young lady.
She used the opportunity to reiterate her call for stiffer punishments for rapists and for a more proactive action against the increasing cases of rape and further highlighted the need for victims of rape and sexual abuse to speak out and report these cases to the authorities.
“We need to encourage victims of sexual abuse to speak out in order to assist the government in the fight against rape and other sexual abuses. Parents have to engage their wards more often in order to identify when they have been taken advantage of by rapists, and ensure that they inform the appropriate authorities so that proper investigations, arrests and prosecutions can be made”, she said.
Senator Ekwunife who identified weak legislation and stigmatization as some of the impediments to the investigation and prosecution of rape cases appealed to the Imo State government to render further assistance to support the young mother of triplet as well as ensure that those who abused her and put her in family way are fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.
Concluding, the Senator appreciated the hospital for ensuring that the victim received good medical care and called on other stakeholders to assist the vulnerable in situations like this as well as ensure that cases of rape and sexual abuse are appropriately reported, investigated and prosecuted.
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