By Jefferson D. Tweh
The Women NGO Secretarial of Liberia yesterday morning stormed the premises of the Supreme Court demanding actions against those bent on raping girls and children in the country. The Executive Director of WONGOSOL, Marpue Speare, disclosed that lots of children have died as a result of rape in Liberia and those perpetrators are always set free without justice.
“I have observed on many occasions how rape cases are compromised and our demand is that whether you are rich or poor; let the law takes its course and justice should be done to all persons in Liberia,” Madam Speare noted.
Madam Speare emphasized the death of the 10 children who have already died as a result of rape with ages ranging from 3-18 which she said has prompted women in the country to organize sit-in actions at strategic workplaces in the country and the Supreme Court is one of the places designated for such actions.
She said it is about time that the Supreme Court discourages the issue of compromising rape cases and allow perpetrators to always face justice.
The actions of the women are part of activities marking the observance of the 16 days of Activism which takes into retrospect sexual based violence committed in each county and the issue of rape is no exception.
Some of their placards read: Your children are your future; protect them from rape; stop rape against women and children; we are all perpetrators if we do not take action to stop rape; silence kills, speak out against violence; over 1,000 children have been raped in Liberia; my people what are we doing about it? Temple of Justice, people are raping and walking away free, what is happening?
Finally, Madam Speare said the women will continue to engage the government until something is done.
They have been sitting at the Ministry of Justice; the Child Protection Unit at the Liberia National Police and today’s sit-in will see women sitting in at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an action that would climax that part of the activities.