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Rape with murder by a minor

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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) Sibulao is a barangay off in the East Coast of the City. It is a beautiful farming and a peaceful community, where anyone knows everyone. It was reported by certain residents of the baranggay 2 days ago, March 17, to the police, that a girl, age 11 years old, was found dead, and feared to be raped before she was killed.

The news also came to the attention of Barangay eMedia, thus, it was able to cover and report the sensitive news right away exclusively. Allegedly, the girl went missing until her dead body was discovered down under a deep well. Her face was covered with plastic cellophane, a sando bag, and was disfigured due to a boulder, accordingly, that was smashed to her head, which probably caused her immediate death.

No sooner, the perpetrator admitted the crime. He is a neighbor to the victim and is a minor, age 16-year old. By law, a minor cannot be accused before a court. However, he can be processed by the DSWD through the children and women’s desk department of the City police.

The crime is deemed to be a juvenile delinquency. It is an ailment of our society which our authorities are helpless to fully address because it boils down to the very foundation of the moral values of the offender and to his family set-up. We could hear such similar crimes in bigger cities like Metro Manila and the rest, but to an outskirt barangay, as Sibulao, is unthinkable.

What probably did allure a young mind to commit such cold-blooded crime? The parents and the boy are also farmers in the place. What maybe is the motive of a farmer’s son to rape a minor neighbor, kill her and throw her in a well to perhaps conceal his crime?

These are basic questions which are hard to objectively extract answers from a minor offender. By presumption, the offender may have some emotional or psychological struggles. He could be involved to sexual or promiscuous fantasies which eventually became uncontrollable inside of him that resulted to its commission against an innocent neighbor.

We cannot tell, but the children and women’s desk department of the City police is now doing the necessary investigations to determine the boy’s motive of the rape. Obviously, both parents of the victim and the perpetrators are in limbo to its reasons, and in the state of shock even up to this time to why it happened!

Legally, the boy’s parents are civilly liable to the victim or to the victim’s parents. It is how our law mandates to any relative crime involving a minor. Parents, indeed, do have the heavier burdens to influence their children to values that they will become good citizens in the future, who will be assets not criminal liabilities in the society.

It seems that the cases of rape, particularly statutory rape, in on the rise again recently in the City. Outside influences is most likely blamable to this barbarism. Pornography has many faces, but its strongest influence, amongst the media today, is the internet. Via online, any obscene pictures and articles can be accessed even through a handy cellphone.

Just think of it, to how our children are in the mercy of these endless allures. If parents cannot influence their children to a good and strong foundation earlier, definitely, others will. Many voices around subtly corrupt the young minds of our generation today. Its most effective antidote, though, is the soft inculcating conviction of the parents’ counsel to their very own children.

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-4, NIV)

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