September 30, 2022

Nasarawa State commissioner of women affairs, Hon Aisha Ibrahim Rufai, has identified lack of cooperation amongst family members of victims of rape as a major constraint in curbing the menace.

The commissioner gave the hint during a press briefing at the Women Affairs Ministry in commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day which is observed every May 27th.

She said the families of underage rape victims are not cooperating with the security agencies by reporting rape cases to the authorities concerned for appropriate sanction.

Rufai indicated that there is the need for extensive publicity to change the narrative.

“Our major impediment is lack of cooperation by parents of victims, who are afraid of stigmatisation by the society,” she said.

The commissioner averred that the ministry of women affairs has taken drastic measures to address out of school children.

She included early marriage and hawking among the challenges facing children in the state. Speaking on the increasing cases of child trafficking, the commissioner said the ministry is on advocacy across the state to sensitize the populace on the peril of child trafficking.

The commissioner said the first lady of the state would organise a party for the children.

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