Saturday, 15 October 2011

RAPE!! - A TABOO SUBJECT IN AFRICA

RAPE!! A TABOO SUBJECT IN AFRICA
imageWhile the face of the girl could be seen, the faces of the men in the clip are blurred. The lady begged to be either left alone or killed, but the men threatened to detain her indefinitely in the room if she resisted. The incident supposedly took place on Tuesday, August 16.

But while the police, the school authorities and the state government have denied the report, a growing number of Internet users have launched initiatives to unmask the rapists and help the victim.

It is so disheartening to see the entire furore and drama that followed after a barbaric act of RAPE was carried out by five individuals who in my own opinion did not qualify to be referred to as either men, boys, human beings or even animals (because such barbaric act does not take place even in the animal Kingdom).  A more befitting title for them will be the ‘demonic 5’.

I am really struggling to re-visit this harrowing ordeal of a black Princess, a topic that you just want to forget and pretend it did not happen but the truth is it happened and worst still many more revolting acts of RAPE like the one that took place in 21st century Nigeria are common place in Africa and never even gets a mention.  'Mother Africa must be heart broken'!!

It beggars believe to see that in the immediate aftermath of this horrendous act, The Nigerian Police tasked with protecting the citizens dismissed the RAPE as a consensual act and not a RAPE.  The authorities PR machine went into over-drive and the University authority where the RAPE allegedly took place was pre-occupied with denial (and justifiable so to save their reputation).  And yes maybe the RAPE never happened within the four-walls of the institution and maybe the victim and the demonic five never even attended the University in question - but who really cares!

What was really sad to see is how the Nigerian Police and most of the Students in Abia State University forgot the most important fact of all ‘We have a Victim of RAPE’, the human face of the whole saga.   And it makes me wonder where is our human side, where is the care, where is the love and most of all where is our conscience and where is the moral value we hold so high in our African culture.

When I first had the story, I tried not to think about it, I blanked it out and pretended like many, that actually, it did not happen but a friend insisted, that I research the case and ensure that New Generation Africa comments on this barbaric and despicable inhumane act.  After I decided to post this comment on my blog, I set out to research the case and it became clear to me that my take on this gruesome case will be different.  It dawned on me how technology can be a force for good and sometimes a tool to spread vile and evil agendas. 

The more I searched for this Video in the Internet the more I realised how small the global village has become through technology.  My search for the Video was almost turning into an obsession when I stopped and heard myself say 'thank God' the world can still come together and take a stand against evil.  I plesantly surprised to find out that in most sites the contents of the Video was either blurred or banned in all the sites I searched. That brought a smile to my face and gave me a great deal of hope that in the face of adversity something good can still emerge.  Yes millions of people may have seen the video before  the content was taken off line but it shows that there is no place or appetite for monstrous contents like RAPE videos online and for me that represents a big global statement.

I felt very sorry for the young woman, a sister who will live with this psychological damage all her life but she can take solace in the fact that not many more people will see the vivid images of her brutal attack and that for me, is a little triumph of Good over evil. A sign of hope.

This takes me back to the initial topic Why is RAPE a taboo subject in Africa? why do we have a legal system that offers little or no support and/or protection to RAPE victims?  And why are we so ashamed to confront this canker-worm that is eating deep into the moral fabrics of our great continent Africa?.  Surely we can do better to protect our women, our sisters and our African Queens & princesses, if we remain true to our culture and our belief that a man should protect and provide for a woman.  It also makes me wonders where all the lions of Africa are?

Hence the call to Africa's New Generation to rise and take a stand against this canker-worm called RAPE that is destroying our moral fabrics and destroying innocent lives forever.  We must take bold steps and mount sustained campaigns to bring about, change in attitude of our people, change in legislation and most importantly, try to create an awareness across all ages that ensures that our men understands the simple slogan that:
‘NO MEANS NO’ NOT A MAYBE
AND WE ALL SHOULD – JOIN THE CAMPAIGN
 LET US START THE CAMPAIGN HERE AND NOW!!

OUR WOMEN ARE NOT OBJECTS OF SEXUAL GRATIFICATION BUT QUEENS, PRINCESSES AND AFRICAN MOTHERS AND THEY DESERVE RESPECT!
TAKE A STAND AGAINST RAPE, STOP THE VIOLENCE
AND HEY IF WE TRY WE CAN

YES WE CAN!!


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