Robbers gang raped and killed 65-year-old woman

By James Atem Kuir

A 65-year-old woman has beengang-raped by armed robbers   in Juba’s suburb of Hai-Referendum in the wee hours ofThursday, police confirmed.

Maj. Gen. Daniel Justin, the national police spokesperson said a group of armed robbers broke into the sexagenarian house, searched her house but failing to get something to loot, gang-raped and killed heras she struggled with the abusers.

“The day before yesterday, we registered an attempted robbery that resulted into killing of a 65-year-old lady. The robbers broke into her house, searched for anything they can get but after they failed, they raped her and in the process killed her. I think because she was crying,” Justin told Juba Monitor in an interview yesterday.

According to the police, the perpetrators were still at large butinvestigations had been launched adding the police were tracking down the criminals to face justice.

“We have not arrested anyone yet but we have started gathering information and we will soon track down these criminal,” he said.

Globally, it is estimated that at least one out of every three women experiences violence or abuse at the hands of an intimate partner or non-partner throughout their lifetime according to a report published in 2019 by BMC public health journal or BioMed Central public health.

According to a report by USAID in 2019, Gender-based violence (GBV) threatens the overall well-being of South Sudan’s population, particularly women and children.

 It stated that though there are no reliable GBV national prevalence statistics for South Sudan, one recent study estimated that in some conflict-affected locations 65 percent of women and girls in South Sudan have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.

The Gender-based violence and juvenile court established last year has been sentencing a dozen men for various sexual offences.

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