Calls for death penalty

Calls for death penalty

A LARGE group of people from Oshakati and nearby villages demanded stiffer sentences for murder at a demonstration in Oshakati yesterday.

In a petition handed over to the Senior Magistrate of Oshakati, Helena Ekandjo, the demonstrators said five years after the Combating of Rape Act came into force, and two years after the Domestic Violence Act, more rapes and murders of women and children are reported by the week. “Domestic violence is a big issue,” the petition read.”How many cases are not reported? Women, men and children are suffering because of a lack of knowledge about their rights and about the available procedures to report their cases.”We are very concerned about suspects who are given soft sentences and after serving less than five years behind bars are freed to roam the streets and continue with their deeds,” the petition stated.”Make rape cases and murder a priority in courts of law,” the demonstrators demanded, and added that no bail should be granted to people accused of rape or murder.They even went as far as asking for the reinstatement of the death penalty, which was abolished at Independence.Another demand was that more psychologists should be provided to support rape victims and families traumatised by the murder of loved ones.Magistrate Ekandjo told the demonstrators that she would see to it that their petition was forwarded to the Minister of Justice, Attorney General, National Assembly and National Council.Fuel to go UP by 25 cents tomorrow”Domestic violence is a big issue,” the petition read.”How many cases are not reported? Women, men and children are suffering because of a lack of knowledge about their rights and about the available procedures to report their cases.”We are very concerned about suspects who are given soft sentences and after serving less than five years behind bars are freed to roam the streets and continue with their deeds,” the petition stated. “Make rape cases and murder a priority in courts of law,” the demonstrators demanded, and added that no bail should be granted to people accused of rape or murder.They even went as far as asking for the reinstatement of the death penalty, which was abolished at Independence.Another demand was that more psychologists should be provided to support rape victims and families traumatised by the murder of loved ones.Magistrate Ekandjo told the demonstrators that she would see to it that their petition was forwarded to the Minister of Justice, Attorney General, National Assembly and National Council.Fuel to go UP by 25 cents tomorrow

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