Sioka condemns alleged rape of 12-year-old girl in front of her mother

Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka strongly condemned the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in the presence of her mother and younger sister.

In a media statement she issued this week, Sioka said the incident is disheartening and described it as a violation of the fundamental human right of the victim as enshrined in the country’s Constitution, the Combating of Rape Act No. 8 of 2000 and Child Care and Protection Act No. 3 of 2015.

Sioka’s statement comes after a rape incident was reported in local media on Monday 14 September 2020, where it is alleged that a 12-year-old girl was raped in front of her mother and sister by two suspects at their shack in Windhoek’s Havana informal settlement. The suspects allegedly took turns to rape the girl before robbing the family of their belongings.

Sioka appealed to law enforcement agencies to ensure that the suspects are brought to book to face the wrath of the law.

“Women and children rights are in no way less than those of any other citizens. They should not only feel safe within the confines of their homes but also in public spaces. It is time to speak out against abuse and take a zero-tolerance stance. Together, we shall do a lot to inform, educate and prevent child abuse in Namibia. Let us all join hands now,” expressed Sioka.

Source: Namibia Press Agency