Female Lawyers Seek Special Courts For Rape As Kano Records 4000 Cases

The Federation of Women Lawyers has stated that between 2016 and 2021, Kano State recorded over 4,000 cases of rape and defilement of minors.

According to the association, over 500 cases of rape have been recorded in the state from May 2021 to date.

Huwaila Muhammad, chairperson of the association who disclosed this in Kano on Thursday, said the state may have many vulnerable residents who are abused but cannot not be heard.

The group is, therefore, calling for the establishment of a special court to handle cases of rape and other sexual abuses in the state.

Muhammad said in the association’s quest to combat menace of rape in the state, it uncovered that Dala Local Government Area has the highest number of abused persons.

She said by establishing the WARAKA Sexual Assault Referral Center and with technical support from ‘Justice for All’, the association has been able to help reduce the number of rape cases in Kano.

Muhammad further said to reduce the cases to the barest minimum if not completely eradicated, the establishment of a special courts to handle rape cases would go a long way.

She added that through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #NotOneMore, and #BalanceTonPorc, amongst others, survivors and activists have been receiving increased attention.

“Today in Kano, women and girls everywhere are today experiencing extensive abuses and their stories need to be brought to the light

“That is why we call on the government to as a matter of urgency establish special courts to handle rape and other sexual assault cases,” she said.

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