Over 1000 rape cases against Children reported yearly – Lagos Chief Judge

Lagos State receive at least three cases of sexual offences and domestic violence against children daily, the Chief Judge, Justice Funmilayo Atilade said yesterday.

She said with over 1,000 abuse, rape and molestation cases filed yearly, there is still much to be done in effectively enforcing the child rights law.

Speaking at the Stakeholders Summit on Child Rights/Domestic Violence laws as part of activities marking the Judiciary’s new legal year.

Justice Atilade said there is a rise in domestic violence, rape and other sexual offences.

“Recent happenings make it obvious that violence and tyranny are shifting to the girl-child. The abduction of the Chibok grils is a case in point.

“The increase is phenomenal, frightening, offensive and disturbing,” she said.

Justice Atilade called for a reassessment of how child abuse and domestic violence cases are prosecuted.
She asked: “Are we all doing what we should do under the circumstance by protecting the best interests and welfare of these children?

“Are cases of rape being diligently investigated and prosecuted? Are lawyers promoting the right of victims of these offences and not just giving prominence to the right of the perpetrator to fair trial over that of the innocent victims?
“Are the courts ensuring justice for all – the offenders, victims of these offences and the society at large?”

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