As a deterrent to a crime that has become all too common, Namibia’s police chief has called for harsh punishments for adults who rape children.
According to Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, the judiciary should sentence men who rape young girls to “many years in prison.” He stated that his office has observed a high number of young girls becoming victims of rape by older men in northern regions.
During an interview with New Era on Monday, Ndeitunga stated that men embarrass Namibia by sleeping with children. He emphasised that his office has discovered that many men frequently sleep with young girls under the age of 12.
The Namibian Police say the country has recorded 690 rape cases from January to August 2021. According to the gender equality and child welfare ministry, about 1 566 children were sexually violated, while 883 were physically abused between 2019 and 2021. The police chief stressed that the Ohangwena region is one of the regions with a high number of young girls who have been raped.
Last week in the Ohangwena region, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped in the bush by her 50-year-old grandfather.
“I am very worried that men have sex with young girls, especially fathers, uncles and grandfathers. Men are embarrassing us. Therefore, we should stop raping girls and women”, he reiterated.
Ndeitunga is therefore “humbly requesting the judiciary” to start meting out punishment of many years in prison to everyone who is going to be convicted of raping girls and women.
He said nowadays, young girls are living in fear as they are scared of becoming rape victims through either being raped by their fathers, grandfathers or any other man.
“I will send a group of police officers to the Ohangwena region so that they start a campaign of educating and alerting men and boys about the dangers of raping women, and also to spread information which may discourage men to rape”, he added.
“What benefit will you gain from raping your own child or your granddaughter?” Ndeitunga asked.
He said men are giving a bad example to young boys and therefore, sleeping with young girls should come to an end immediately.
“People should unite to ensure that they are reporting everyone who is taking part in raping women”, he urged.