The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ebonyi branch has called on stakeholders to review enacted laws in tackling increasing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases in the state.
The FIDA Chairperson, Mrs. Grace Chima made the call on Thursday in Abakaliki, during a campaign for prompt action in curbing the increase of rape in the state and the country.
The stakeholders are Chief Judge of the Ebonyi, Justice Anselm Nwaigwe, Nigeria Police, and Attorney-General of the state, Mr. Cletus Ofoke.
Chima urged the stakeholders to take full implementation of Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law, Child Rights Law and other related laws to address the incessant abuse and sexual molestations of women and children.
“The rape cases are alarming and annoying. We are campaigning to curb the trend, sensitising the public, and perpetrators about the enacted laws.
“Ignorance is not an excuse because it is now our collective agreement to expose any rapists,” the FIDA chairperson said.
She appealed to the State Government, stakeholders, traditional rulers for collective efforts in the fight to stop the menace.
“We will ensure that such cases are assigned to those courts to be handled properly and on our part as a judge, we will do the needful as well,” Nwaigwe said.
He encouraged FIDA to continue in the fight against the trend and always present cases properly when representing their clients.
“Cases of rape and other forms of violence against women are alarming and no culprits will go unpublished,’’ Ofoke said.
Also, the Commissioner of Police, Philip Maku, while addressing FIDA assured them that the law would be fully implemented to fight the menace diligently and secure conviction that would serve as a deterrent to offenders.
He therefore appealed to the public to report cases and give useful information to address the incidents.