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Girlchild raped in Senegal
Monday 6 May, A.B., a nine year old girl in Thioffack, a suburb of Kaolack,
who was sent by her mother to buy soap was lured into a bedroom by a man and
savagely raped. Escaping from her aggressor she just had time to denounce him
before collapsing in a pool of blood.
After police interrogation, the 66 year old man, le Vieux Sacko Diagne, 4
wives, 22 children, who is well known in the town as a marabout and local
politician admitted his guilt and was placed under police custody.
Nevertheless despite the seriousness of the offence and even as the young
girl is fighting for her life in a hospital bed, hidden forces are trying to
save the man from justice.
This happened four years after the Doki Niass case (a young woman from Kaolack
who was a victim of violence within marriage in March 1992), and on the heels
of the Astou Mbengue case (a domestic worker found dead in her employers'
house). In the same week a woman was stabbed in Keur Massar (see le Soleil,
13 May, 1996). And there are still thousands of women who, anonymously suffer
domestic violence in their own homes everyday. Who is next? When will this
macabre series end?
Enough is enough. No more violence.
These violent practices are all the more intolerable as they are a travesty of
the respect and consideration of women and children that is a central part of
our tradition. They find no legitimacy in our religions, in our laws or in
the regulations of our country. But they go unpunished and there are no
strategies in place to prevent them despite the fact that Senegal has signed
and ratified every conventions related to the promotion and protection of the
rights of children.
It is time to act
The organisations who have signed this declaration
UNILATERALLY CONDEMN all violence against women, particularly that committed
against AB, the girl from Thioffack. We take this opportunity to offer our
support and solidarity with the family of the victim;
CALL ON public authorities to assure the good administration of justice,
respecting judicial power and the rule of law;
ENCOURAGE women's organisations, youth associations, and human rights groups
who work for justice to organise and remain vigilant for the fight for the
dignity and respect for women;
INVITE these organisations to the Forum on Violence against Women whose date
and time is yet to be fixed.
STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN!
MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF THE GUILTY BY IMPOSING HARSH SENTENCES
Kaolack, 14 May 1996
Contact APROFES, Fax: (221) 41 31 95 / Tel: (221) 41 44 11
APROFES, RADI, ASDES, FDEA, UNIFEM, ENDA-SYNFEV, CONGAD, FAFS, ASBEF, SWAA,
ZONTA, OXFAM AMERICA, RADDHO, AMICALE DES NORMALIENNES, APSE, COFDEF, ASSEP.
--- MacWoof Eval:13Nov92
* Origin: Marie Helene's point (5:7711/1.12@fidonet)