Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has condemned all acts of violence against girl children and women in the society.
The Governor gave this condemnation yesterday during an awareness walk in commemoration of the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women organized by the State’s Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs.
Speaking after a long procession within Osogbo, the state capital, the Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Benedict Alabi, said violence against womanhood was criminal and punishable by imprisonment or by hanging, depending on the severity of injury done on the victim.
He said: “So, men should know that violence against women is not allowed in the State of Osun.
“Let me also reiterate it, for the benefit of people who are not aware that violence against women is a criminal act, and stands as felony.
“The penalty is more severe than robbery or kidnapping.
“It ranges from three months imprisonment without an option of fine, to hanging depending on the severity of the violence.
“So, men should know it’s not acceptable, and in the State of Osun today, we have stamped out violence against women, so everybody should be aware”.
According to the Governor, women are critical and important in any society, saying the social behaviour of any particular society was always a reflection of the charity of such society’s womanhood.
“If you have abusive women, you are going to have abusive children, if you end up having your boys being rapists and gangsters, they will grow up to be violent men, because they learn from their homes, and some of them live in bitterness of seeing their mothers being molested”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Olaboopo Olubukola, who spareheaded the campaign done in collaboration with the Community Development Service, CDS, of the National Youth Service Advocacy Group, said the procession was a message to women in the State that they had the protection of the government under the leadership of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
She added that the campaign has also sent a signal to the men who were abusers of women in the State that it’s no longer acceptable in the State of Osun.
In her brief speech, the Commissioner appreciated the efforts of the State Governor, saying he has done the programme, not just for the Ministry of Women Affairs, but also for humanity and posterity.
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