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Gender Ministry condemns woman’s death after gang rape

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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaThe Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection or MGCSP has expressed  serious disappointment over the death of another Liberian woman as a result of alleged gang rape.

The Ministry said in a release issued Tuesday, 28 March that it continues to emphasize that rape remains the second most common and serious crime reported in the country with Montserrado County still recording the highest number of cases.

It categorically condemns the act of gang raping a woman or girl, allegedly resulting to her untimely death of 42 year- old Ms. KortoKollie, who died on 25 March at a garage in the corner of Benson and Lynch Street in Monrovia where she was believed to have always visited a man she had relationship with.

Police have already claimed that suspect BelideBarray is admitting to being the prime suspect, though investigators say the suspect has not linked any other person to the crime.

the Ministry has extended deepest condolences to the family of the late Korto Kollie and promised to work with the Liberia National Police or LNP to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Gender Ministry has described the death of Ms. Kollie as a brutal manifestation of violence against women and girls and therefore called on every Liberian to assist in heightening efforts to curtail such inhumane approach.

It warns that Ms. Kollie’s death is actually regrettable and could further undermine Liberia efforts made in the fight against violence against women. The Ministry recalled that In 2014 alone, 708 cases of rape including gang rape were reported while in 2015 again, the number increased to over 800. By 2013, Gender Ministry notes that rape and domestic violence together accounted for over 70 per cent of all serious reported crimes here.

It says that statistics show that aggravated assault accounted for 579 cases, the most commonly reported crime between January and May 2016 with rape recording the second most commonly reported crime at 182 cases during that period.

It furthered that the number of sexual violence cases including rape reached 1,055 in 2015 and out of a total of 1,555 sexual gender – based violence cases reported, with cases of sodomy, sexual assault, attempted rape and the corruption of a minor taken into consideration.
–Press release

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