A group of Reverend Sisters in the Catholic Church (Religious Sisters of Charity) Satelite Town, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos State has organized a march against rape and women violence recently in the community which involved Reverend Sisters from other parts of Lagos.
The Reverend Sisters while speaking condemned recent incidents of rape in the country, thereby called on the government to make laws that will help curb the vice, while other protesters carried placards to drive home their point.
The Sun reports that the group marched from the Archangel Catholic Church, Satellite Town to Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA), where they spoke to the representative of the Chairman of the LCDA, Hon. Ramotalai Akinola-Hassan, on why the incidence of rape around the area and other parts of the country should be taken seriously.
The group therefore called for the protection of girl children, adding that rape is a criminal offence, and those who indulge in it must desist from carrying out the barbaric acts.
Speaking on behalf of the Religious Sisters of Charity, Rev. Sister Justina Nelson stated that when a girl child is raped, she is robbed of her dignity, thereby stressing the need to collaborate with the government to eradicate the act of rape and women violence.
In the same vein, on behalf of the Chairman of the LCDA, Akinola-Hassan, the Head of Health Section of the LCDA, Ajayi Bashiru pledged that the LCDA is ready to support the church towards eradicating rape in the community.
Also, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lagos, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins, had described the increased cases of the crime of rape in Nigeria as appalling, an affront to God who created girls and women and an affront to the sacredness of the bodies of victims.
“The Holy Scriptures and the church down through the ages have condemned all sexual perversion, including rape. The church has always taught that rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, physical and moral integrity of the victim. It causes grave damage to the victim, sometimes for life. Rape is an intrinsically evil act that is even more grave and condemnable when inflicted on children either by parents (incest) or those who exercise any form of authority over them, especially those responsible for their education.” He said.