By:Fatima Idris Danjuma, Bauchi
A non-governmental organisation, Attah Sister’s Helping Hands (ASHH) foundation in Bauchi state has supported and demanded justice for the victims of the rising cases of rape of young girls across the state.
Mrs Comfort Attah,The Executive Director of the foundation disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi.
She expressed sadness over the rising spate of sexual violence in the state and calling on the government to rise up to the challenge of addressing the alarming trend of sexual violence.
Attah noted with dismay that many of such cases were never properly investigated and prosecuted.
“There is an urgent need for us to strengthen our laws to ensure maximum punishment for rapists.
The ED said the foundation has supported not less than 36 cases of gender based violence with 8 cases of rape in the state.
“Recently we supported a13 year old girl who was raped and impregnated by her uncle, and gave birth to a baby in September 2020.
“We took upon ourselves in the foundation to provide all the necessary to the victim with her baby, be it medical, shelter, psycho- social support among others,” She said.
Mrs Attah also pointed out that the foundation form a committee comprising police,security defence, Media CSOs, health workers among others are working assiduously making sure papertrators are brought to book.
According to her, it was just last week that ASHH foundation incollabration with Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) had conclude tour of 20 local government areas to educate the citizens on the Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) Law, in the state
“We have gone round the state to educate and create awareness on the VAPP law act for people to understand the law.
Mrs Attah commended the Actionaid and Canada global affairs under the women voice and livelihood projects for support and intervention to carry out the implementation of those projects in the State.
She equally urged the state government to strengthen institutions saddled with the responsibility of child advocacy in order to curb the menace of child abuse.