EXPERT BLAMES UNREGULATED CIRCULATION OF PORNOGRAPHY FOR GBV

The High Court of Namibia

NAMIBIA: VIOLENCE/NBC/8/11/17 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – An expert in the office of FIRST Lady MONICA GEINGOS of NAMIBIA has blamed free circulation of content such as pornography for some serious cases of gender-based violence, GBV, in the country.

VERONICA-ROSE THERON, who is the Technical Director, says absence of laws to regulate or prohibit possession and sale of such material contributes to the widespread crimes.

She has addressed delegates to the Cyber Security Conference held for members of Parliament in the capital, WINDHOEK, saying children are exposed to indecent and inappropriate content and information on social media.

Ms THERON says peddlers of such unbecoming images mainly target young people in the age group of 15 to 21; and, in most cases parents of victim school children are not aware of their kids are watching.

She has told the lawmakers her office has approached the NAMIBIAN Police and the Prosecutor General for appropriate laws to control adult content, but none of them has offered any help.

Ms THERON, who is also the Project Leader of a Gender-Based Violence awareness program, says the current laws neglect childcare and protection.

She further accuses the law-enforcement agencies of failing to investigate and prosecute criminals who use the loopholes in the legal system to spread pornography.

Gender-based violence, mainly the killing of women, has gone on for years in NAMIBIA, a situation that forced former President HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA to declare a Day of Prayer against Passion Killings on SIX MARCH 2014.

Lately, VICTOR KAMWALA, a 34-year-old cattle herder from neighbouring ZAMBIA, has been convicted of raping a toddler in the northern border town of KATIMA MLILO.

In his judgement, Magistrate BONGANI NDLOVU says injuries the FOUR-year-old child suffered show KAMWALA, a close relative, had raped her continuously.

The child has told nurses at NGOMA Clinic and a doctor at KATIMA MULILO State Hospital KAMWALA would commit the crimes each time he bathed when his wife was not at home. He will receive sentence next week./Sabanews/cam

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