Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday led women on a sensitisation walk against alarming rape in the state.
Naija News understands that she called on the legislation to ensure stiffer penalties for rapists, child abusers and predators.
The walk is coming in the heels of rape cases and accusations relating to rape that has since become an issue of great concern in the country.
The walk started at the palace of Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, and had the protesters and spanned through to Oke Eda area of the town.
The peaceful walk was reportedly done in all other 17 local government areas of the state.
The First Lady, who was represented by the Commissioner for Woman Affairs, Mrs. Titilayo Adeyemi, said the women were in palace to seek the monarch’s support and inform him that the menace of rape cases was worrisome to womenfolk.
“Kabiyesi, we are here to inform the palace that the issue of rape is a great concern to everybody. We are tired of it and we are here to solicit the help of the palace.
“When a minor is raped, it may cause premature death, sickness and trauma.
“There is high tendency for rape victims to develop unnecessary hatred to men, making such victims difficult to have good homes,” she said.
She added that rape menace should be condemned by all and sundry, asking traditional institution to expose suspected rapists for proper punishment.