Daily we see things that make us shocked, bewildered or angry. Before the advent of social media, I believe that such occurrences were fewer. I think it’s because of the large scale information we now consume daily. Just last night, I heard of a 14 year old girl who was raped to death by four boys. This girl had earlier reported to her mum that the boys threatened her and the mother let it slide. I was heartbroken.
How could this happen in 2017 when we are now too aware of sexual violence. I don’t care who you are. If you ever throw catcalls at my 14 year old, I’m all but getting you arrested, talk more of threats. The whole community will come out abeg. You will sign an undertaking in the police station. I’m not taking chances. When next you see my child on the streets, you’ll hide.
Do you feel that I’d be overreacting to take any of the above mentioned steps? Then you’re one of the problems we have in our society. When we subtly accept inappropriate and criminal behaviour we are destroying our society.Let’s not confuse irresponsibility with forgiveness. When you let a rapist walk free because you’ve “forgiven” the person, you give him/her license to rape even more people. When you tell someone to forgive someone who stole, you’re saying to the criminal, “ah, what you did is not so bad”.
A person can be forgiven and still made to serve time in prison if found guilty of crime. The two are not mutually exclusive. In the alleged 90 billion dollars fraud involving Allison Madueke, former minister of petroleum, imagine a human being saying that she should be pitied because she’s sick. What madness is that? We should forgive a person who may have just robbed us down to the briefs we put on just because the person is “sick”. Is that not madness.
Forgiveness is a human trait. The law is not a person. It is the constitution! A criminal will face the wrath of the law. We can sort out little details like “he stole my school fees and stabbed me because he doesn’t have parents” later. Let him be prosecuted first.
When offenders realise that punishment is not restricted to certain crimes only, they’ll learn to keep their criminal tendencies in check.
Let this madness of “forgive and forget” stop abeg. We are subtly aiding crime.