Katsina Woman ‘Chained And Caged’ By Family Regains Freedom

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has rescued one Laritu Safiyanu who was chained and caged by her family members in Gyaza village, Kankai Local Government Area of Kastina State.

The Kastina chapter of the NHRC said her rescue followed a tip off from “a good Samaritan” who intimated the commission about Laritu’s “imprisonment”.

The State coordinator, NHRC, Barrister Adamu Kasimu, said Laritu’s family caged her on the grounds that she was mentally challenged.

An investigation by the commission disclosed that the woman was kept in a filthy environment, “unsuitable for human habitation and for a long time denied her rights to dignity of human persons.”

The NHRC explained that the alleged inhuman treatment may have contributed to the state of her mental instability.

Adamu said it took the intervention of the commission and other stakeholders to rescue the victim from the degrading treatment she suffered at the hands of her family members.

Adamu said he had ordered her immediate release and asked the family to urgently take her to the hospital for thorough medical examination and care.

The commission said it would continue to monitor the condition of the victim to ensure that she gets the right treatment she deserves.

Adamu further noted that the commission would not condone any form of inhuman and degrading treatment on anyone as the 1999 constitution frowns at such an act.

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