Globally, nations across have adopted strict measures to counter the spread of the COVID-19 virus ,key among them encouraging citizens to work from home, as schools and government institutions operate remotely in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.
These measures, as necessary as they are, are exposing a rot in our society embedded at our very doorsteps. Home is proving no longer the best place to be with an increase of sexual violence in children and women by figures expected to protect them.
The International Federation of Human Rights (IFHR) reports that among the victims of rape, cases of children (below the age of 18) doubled up in comparison to adult women in a study that was conducted in one country.
“In Bangladesh, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, along with domestic violence (dowry is one of the major causes of domestic violence), rape against women and children (i.e. girls below the age of 18), has increased. The rape of children is nearly two times higher than that of adult women – a worrying matter,” reads an official statement.
In Kenya, the legal agency, National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ)reported “a significant spike in sexual offences.
They highlighted that “in some cases, the perpetrators are close relatives, guardians and/or persons living with the victims.”