FAMILY Development Initiatives (FDI) is disturbed at the alarming number of defilement cases recorded between May and August this year.
Reacting to a recent report by police in which the country recorded over 500 cases of defilement between May and August 2022 with the highest number of victims being girls, FDI team leader Sheik Yusuf Ayami warned that defilement is a serious case.
The clergyman said young children have a right to a safe and protective environment.
“Those children who were victims of defilement suffer both physical and psychological trauma that had the potential to affect them for their entire lives,” Sheikh Ayami said.
He said it is disheartening to note that the same men who are supposed to protect and ensure the safety of the young vulnerable children are the ones violating them.
“Furthermore, some family members are in the fore front pushing for forgiveness of defilement perpetrators,” Sheikh Ayami said.
The Clergyman has since called on society in general and religious and traditional institutions in particular to step up efforts to prevent defilement cases.
He further urged society to ensure that appropriate action is taken against perpetrators.
Sheikh Ayami also called on parents and guardians to put in place measures that will protect vulnerable children each time they leave them in the custody of male relatives.