From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kabala Records 2 Alleged Raped since December 2009
By Mohamed Kabba
Sep 6, 2010, 13:35

As part of the massive sensitization on Gender Based Violence in that part of the country, Officers of the Family Support Unit in the Kabala police station have since December last year recorded only two cases of allegations of rape in the entire district.

Speaking to the Awareness Times Newspaper on Thursday 1st September 2010 in an exclusive interview with the Line Manager of the FSU at his Kabala Police office, Inspector Alex Mohamed Conteh said since last December they have recorded only two cases of rape. Inspector Alex M. Conteh said with the sensitization on rape and other forms of violence against women and Human Rights abuses, the people through their Paramount Chiefs have put some bye laws in place which have helped a lot. He said the two reported cases have since commuted to the High Court in Makeni after preliminary investigation in the District Magistrate Court.  He lauded the complementary effort of the Judiciary for their speedy trials, noting that since that example was set in the district, men cautioned.  The second and most recent happening was on the 30th August, when a twenty-three year Amadu Bah of 3 Kabala Secondary School Road, an auto mechanic, was arrested for an alleged rape of a 10 year teenage girl that family members wanted to settle in house which leaked to the police, he explained, adding that though the culprit was aided to escape, it was but for a while as pro active measures put in place by them led to the arrest of Amadu Bah in Soukarlly village, some 20 miles from Kabala town.  According to him, the alleged rapist is in police custody waiting to be charged to court while the girl is receiving medical treatment at the Kabala Government Hospital.

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