There are few convictions in rape cases

Dear Editor,

I am wholly disheartened by the several crimes being perpetrated against women and children in Guyana ending without the conviction of the accused. It is commendable that the Sexual Offences Act was amended unopposed by the National Assembly, but what this must generate is a new potency to act to ensure justice for victims of rape, incest and sexual assault.

The GHRA study ‘Without Conviction’ is very poignant in raising awareness that Guyanese are being raped and it is hard to get convictions since only a mere 1% of cases that are presented in court end in convictions. The Delhi rape case has brought to the forefront the need for a serious approach to dealing condignly with those who rape women and children. I pray for convictions, since rape destroys the soul and spirit of humanity.

Yours faithfully,
Nicole Cole
Comissioner
Women, Gender, Rights of the Child
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