Childright Law: A preventive tool for abuse

The incident happened on the May 27 Hayyatu Sado mother of two children woke up at night and discovered that her 3 months old baby and mobile phone were missing.
 Narrating her story Hayyatu said
“I was on  Thursday 27 of last month when suddenly I woke up and found that my baby was missing along with my phone”.
She explained that both men and women of the village went out in search of the baby on foot and motorcycles, and eventually found the child in an uncompleted building bleeding.
“She was found lying in the building with her pants kept aside. Everywhere across her private part was blood and then we rushed her to the hospital,” the mother relays in tears.
After series of surgical treatment at the university teaching hospital, the baby has been released to her mother
This issue of child abuse, rape, and gender related violence is not only devastating, but it also entails significant social and economic costs. In Nigeria, violence against women is estimated to cost up to 31% to 60% of the GDP – more than double what most governments spend on education.
Studies have shown that children growing up with violence are more likely to become survivors themselves or perpetrators of violence in the future. Failure to address this issue also entails a significant cost for the future. Who is next?
Survey has shown that gender-based violence is no respecter of social or economic boundaries and affects women and girls of all socio-economic backgrounds
Increasing violence against women, children and girls is getting to an alarming rate and requires a community-based, multi-pronged approach, and sustained engagement with multiple stakeholders.
Domestic violence in Nigeria though against the law, victims do not receive full legal support, because domestic violence laws in the States that have them are still quite poorly implemented (Premium Times 25 November 2013). Lagos State  and Calabar are the only States where the State level domestic violence law is being applied in practice though there are still problems with enforcement.
We at Princess Legal world Limited wish to appeal to the government and Women Affairs minister for more stringent punishment to perpetrators of such evil act.

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