Lawyer appeals for protection of teenage girl allegedly defiled by father
The lawyer of a 15-year-old girl allegedly raped by her father is appealing for support and protection for her client.
Josephine Adhet Deng said since the mother of the girl reported the case to the police, the rape suspect has ceased providing basic needs to the family.
The father of the girl is a general in the military, according to the lawyer.
Josephine said the family has been living in constant fear since the suspect was bailed out of detention despite the ongoing court proceedings.
According to the lawyer, a ruling of the case is due on September 30, 2022.
“The girl is suffering. She is living under difficult conditions; with her mother and four of her sisters, after her father stopped caring for the family.”
The lawyer told court the suspect allegedly raped his eldest daughter several times before the family came to know about the case.
“This girl was 15 years old and had not reached puberty age when her father started raping her; from 2018 to 2022,” she said.
“He threatened her that if she informed her mother or any member of the family that he was raping her, he would kill her,” she explained.
Josephine said the incident was exposed to the family by a relative.
The lawyer stated that the mother of the girl filed a complaint on January 15, 2022, in the Northern division police station of Juba, against her husband which led to his arrest.
Josephine added that her attempts to seek assistance of the United Nations office to protect the victim’s family have proven futile.
“The United Nations replied that they don’t have a safe place, and advised me to take this family to Wau or Yambio,” she said.
“These children are the future of the country, knowing that these children have spent two years without going to school, and their living situation is very bad as their mother does not work.”
She appealed to the government to provide basic needs and protection to the family of the raped girl.