Women lawyers lament rampant cases of rape in Kano

Women lawyers under the aegis of International Federation of Women Lawyers, (FIDA) in Kano state have decried the increase in the number of rape cases being recorded across the state.

The secretary FIDA, Barrister Amina Umar Hussein made the complaint on Wednesday at a public presentation on Sexual and Gender Based Violence organized by Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACON), Kano office at an awareness campaign on Access to Legal Services held at RiminKebe quarters in Ungoggo LGA of the state.

She lamented that the state is now under the siege of worrisome activities of rapists as a result of the increasing number of rape cases in the state.

The FIDA scribe, who expressed great concern over the incessant cases of rape and domestic violence being perpetrated in communities within the state, stressed urgent need for authorities and parents to wage a coordinated legal battle against the perpetrators of the acts alongside their accomplice.

She added that the menace had degenerated to the extent of attracting the attention of non governmental agencies from within and outside Nigeria.

She said the volunteer groups have opted to join in the fight against rape, while calling on the people of Kano to rise up against perpetrators by rendering support and participating in the mass campaign against all sorts of sexual violence.

She noted that poverty was one of the factors behind the exposure of children to their potential sexual violators.

“Parents send their children to hawk exposing these innocent children to danger, some parents are also careless because they do not distinct when and when not to send their wards on errands.

“Some parents do not bother to do a checklist of the quality of friends their children associate with, even putting a cross check on their children dress code have become a herculean task to some parents,” she said.

She advised parents to take measures that would lead to diligent prosecution of the perpetrators of sexual violence to cage the menace in the society.

Earlier, the Director, international operations, LACON, barrister Bamidele Ibikunle, urged Kano residents to make effective utilization of the instrument of the law to pursue the enforcement of their rights.

He noted that LACON had strengthened its mechanism to further provide free legal services to indigent and other vulnerable persons in the state.

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