Traditional rulers in Anambra State have called on ndi Anambra to stand firmly against rape and rapists.
The traditional rulers made the call during a chat with journalists at the Traditional Rulers Council Chambers, Government House, Awka.
Speaking on the increasing cases of rape in the country, a member of the Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Chuma Emma Onyia of Odekpe, in Ogbaru Local Government Area, described rape as evil act where the rapist enjoys the forceful or violent taking advantage of another person sexually, against the wish of the victim.
Eze Onyia called on government to put in place strict laws and control measures to bring perpetrators to book to serve as deterrent to others
He urged parents and caregivers to report cases of rape to the appropriate quarters including the law enforcement agencies for appropriate actions.
Reacting also to the ugly development, the traditional rulers of Atani, Eze Azuka Ngoddy and his Akwaeze counterpart, Igwe Christopher Okpala, condemned the dastardly act in its entirety, calling on the public to genuinely join hands to fight against the monster, and also encouraged rape victims to talk with their parents when they have any problems.
The traditional rulers further called on people to avoid shortcuts through parks, unoccupied property, lonely, isolated or deserted places.
Contributing, the traditional rulers of Okpuno, in Awka South Council Area, Igwe Sunday Okafor, and that of Umuoba Anam, in Anambra East, Igwe George Ekwealor, advocated seven years imprisonment for culprits.
They also called on other royal fathers to join in the fight against rape in their various communities to put a stop to the menace.
The royal father’s enjoined people to shun stereotyping raped victim’s but to encourage them to report to police for adequate investigations.