Child abandonment, wife battery top list of gender-based violence in Gombe —NHRC

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The National Human Rights Commission has said child abandonment and wife battery topped the list of gender-based violence reported to the commission in 2021 from Gombe State.

NHRC Principal Admin Officer, Ndam Fabong, made this disclosure on Thursday, at a media briefing in commemoration of the 2021 gender-based violence elimination day.

He said, “We have received the case of abandonment where the husband abandons the children, the case is rampant in Gombe. The issue of rape is not as much as physical assault and wife battery. Most times after beating they just abandon them.

“We have about 36 cases of rape this year, 27 have been settled. On wife battery or physical assault, we have about 40 cases.

“On the issue of child abandonment, our interest is on the innocent children we normally ask such fathers about the amount they can drop per month for the upkeep of the children and on that we have about 60 of them. However, out of the 60 cases, we have resolved 40 and about 20 are ongoing.

He advised parents and guardians about taking matters to court for litigation saying there are workable means of tackling the menace.

On her part, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in the state, Naomi Awak, noted that the current administration is committed to ensuring the protection of lives.

She stated that women and girls have the right to live free from violence, everywhere, adding that they have the right to peace in the home, in public and online.

“We must do better. It is time to stand up and say enough to violence not just on one day, but every day of the year. We must prevent violence. And until we end it, we must provide everything women and girls need to survive and recover, from physical and mental health care, and support for regaining livelihoods,” Awak said.

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