A 70-year-old man was rushed to the hospital in the district hospital of Olembé in the Yaounde I subdivision on Monday morning after losing consciousness following a “violent” slap from a teenage girl he was harassing, said those who accompanied him.
The man arrived, carried by some of his relatives who attended the scene. After receiving an appropriate infusion and care, the man regained his spirits and left the hospital.
According to the witnesses, the adolescent girl, about 16 year old, was heading to school to attend her classes when she was approached by the 70-year-old man who tried to court her.
“He called her by whistling, coming closer to her. Once he had approached the high school student without hesitation, violently slapped his stalker, “reports an eyewitness of the scene.
According to concordant sources, this 70-year-old man, whose main activity is the sale of land, has an established reputation for harassment and then the diversion of underage girls.
He remains unpunished in a country where harassment of girls and women at all times and in all places, regarded as gender-based violence, is a common practice, despite the country’s commitments and the provisions of the new Penal Code .
Indeed, although Cameroon is a signatory to the international conventions against gender-based violence (GBV) and has a penal code that punishes harassment, the practice has tough skin and is still resistant thanks to the weight and socio-cultural stereotypes Who are taking sexual harassment as an almost normal practice.