Torit, 15 October, 2020 / 7:17 pm (ACI Africa).
Perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Sudan are going unpunished, a situation that a Catholic medic in the East-Central African nation has condemned, calling on law enforcers in the nine-year-old country to ensure that the offenders are brought to book.
In an interview with South Sudan local media on Thursday, October 15, Dr. Edwin Ivan Obore of St. Theresa Mission Hospital in Torit Diocese said that weaknesses in law enforcement in South Sudan was denying GBV victims justice.
“The police need to start taking serious action against perpetrators of gender-based violence in this country because most of the cases end up going back to the community for failure by the law to take its course against offenders,” Dr. Obore told Radio Emmanuel of Torit Diocese, one of the nine radio stations that constitute the Catholic Radio Network (CRN) in South Sudan.
He added, “By strengthening the law and having offenders in prison, people will know that what they did was wrong.”
Highlighting cases of GBV at St. Theresa Mission Hospital, he said, “Most of our patients, when reporting and recommending them, do not go back to the police and for those who went to the police, nothing has been done.”