Niger records 175 rape cases in 19 months

A total of 175 rape cases have been recorded in Niger State between January 2021 and July this year.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Secretary of the Gender Based Violence Management Committee in the state, Hajiya Kaltum Dauda Rufai, made this known at a one-day anti-gender based violence close out workshop organised with the support from the Nigeria Academy of Letters in Minna on Tuesday.

She said out of 77 prosecutions, only 8 convictions had been recorded while 60 cases were still under trial.

Rufai added that within the period, 65 cases of husband and wife battering, 67 cases of street hawking, 21 cases of forced marriage and 3, 500 cases of withdrawal of children had been recorded.

She said part of the success of the committee included the dethronement of a traditional ruler by the emir of Minna for forceful marriage in his domain.

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