It is very shameful to read and hear many insecurity-related incidences affecting our students while in schools. From kidnappings, to arson attacks to rape. Are our children safe?
“I was going to the toilet at around 4pm when I was held up tightly from behind by a strong man who was covering his face, covered my mouth(sic) making it hard for me to shout. He dragged me to an unfinished construction site and raped me(sic).” This is the story of one student in one of the public boarding school, (paraphrased from the official court transcripts.)
Parents take their children to be educated, taken care of and of course to grow up mentally and physically. They pay school fees and other development fees so as to sustain them in school for a couple of months before they break for midterms or holidays. But it pains when you receive a call to go and pick your kid after a rape incident, or you get the devastating call to go and have a DNA test to identify the body of your child after an arson attack.
An angry parent once lamented about his 12 year-old girl who was raped and killed by unknown people and her body dumped into a coffee plantation.
It is very prudent to understand that the first duty of a government is to keep its citizens safe whether they are children or adults. It is very painful to have our children living and learning in fear in their institutions due to lack of security.
It is just the other day that strangers entered into Moi Girls School in Nairobi and raped some girls; and the story continues to have many unanswered questions.(As I write this story, teachers at the school have come out to say that the whole saga did not happen).
How a stranger accessed a school and raped some girls in the dead of night is the question parents, teachers and detectives are asking themselves after Moi Girls School found itself in the news for the wrong reasons yet again.
Parents and guardians are living in fear everyday their children leaves for school.
So, if school is not safe for our children, what about our homes?
Enter relatives who have become brutally inhumane to their own blood. How can an uncle, biological father defile, rape an innocent young one and sometimes even go to the extent of killing them?
There are many children out there who have become mentally unhealthy, others will never give birth and others will live to hate men for the rest of their lives. All of this because the person who was to guarantee their safety defiled this sacred oath.
It is very simple to forgive someone who insulted or beat you; but it will NEVER be easy to forgive an uncle, dad or a relative who defiled and raped you or your very own. In fact there are those who are in jail for fighting to protect their siblings from such hooligans and yet the victims are walking free boasting of how no one can touch them.
The law dictates that a person who defiles a child of 11 years and below ought to be put away for life. “Under Section 8(2) of the Sexual Offences Act, defilement of a child of 11 years or below attracts imprisonment for life. The sentence is mandatory.
Despite the harsh jail terms, it requires more to be done especially in securing evidence to avoid some of the perpetrators escaping justice because the evidence tabled in court may not sufficient.
Families of victims negotiating out-of-court settlements and intimidation of witnesses have been blamed for the worrying low conviction rate in defilement cases.
There is need for the authorities and courts to expedite defilement cases so that there is no room for negotiations between parents and the suspects
I also propose that all rapists should be castrated and be jailed forever without mercy or bails. In some countries they are being stoned to death without mercy. Even though killing is against the law of God; He is the only one with the right to kill. He is the giver and the taker of life; but should we fold our hands as these animals continue with their satanism?
Children are innocent and God’s angels; they deserve protection and great care.
The Church seems to be a bit reluctant on its role to maintain the righteousness of its members. The reason I say that is because many victims who are caught are members of the church; baptized and partakers of the Lord’s Table. The religious leaders, priests and clergies are busy performing and planning events and many of them have no time for their youths. It is therefore a call to reclaim the lost glory and holiness in teaching and instilling morality to its members.
Finally but not least; parents and teachers as well as the governmental institutions through the ministry of education must combine their effort and make sure they streamline rules and regulations to be implemented in the education sector in the favor of all pupils.
Parent and teacher must insist on sexual education which involves teaching young ones what lines a stranger or even a family person should not cross and the channel through which they should report.
We need a healthy culture that will facilitate our children being able to open up to us because stigmatization and victimization has largely been part of the reason many rapists continue to walk free.