By Hilary Akalugwu
Nsukka (Enugu State), Dec. 14, 2018 (NNN) Mr Charles Ozioko, a Human Rights Activist, has urged the Federal Government to establish a special court that would handle cases of violence against women in the country.
Ozioko, a lawyer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Nsukka, on Friday that the special court would help to give accelerated hearing to such matters and deliver justice to victims of female gender based violence in a record time.
“There is the need for government to establish a special court that will handle cases of violence against women such as rape, sexual harassment, trafficking, forced prostitution among others.
“Some women who are victims of violence have abandoned their cases in regular courts midway because they have waited for too long to get justice.
“But with a special court that will give violence related cases against women accelerated hearing, victims will get justice within a record time,” he said.
The activist said the special court would also encourage women, who suffered violence to seek for justice, as they would know that the perpetrators would be brought to book without delay.
“The rate of sexual and domestic violence against women will reduce if special courts are established as perpetrators of violence against women will desist from this evil act.
“It is unfortunate that women and girls, who are victims of violence most times stayed for years, waiting for justice; and as a lawyer, ‘am talking from experience,” he said.
He called on civil societies, human rights activist and religious leaders to increase advocacy on violence against women so as to end this inhuman treatment against women.
“The violence against women, especially young girls, who are raped on a daily basis and forced into prostitution through trafficking in foreign countries, should be resisted by all and sundry.
“Civil societies, activists, religious leaders and other relevant organisations should increase awareness on the dangers of violence against women in order to secure their future, as well as save them from further physical and psychological torture, ” he said. (NNN)
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Yemi Idris-Aduloju