Ogun seeks special court to try rapist, others

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The commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun State, Adijat Adeleye has called for a special court to try perpetrators of rape and other gender based violence.

Adeleye made the call on Thursday at a media parley held at her office in  Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.

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She explained that the establishment of the special court would help hasten justice for the victims.

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The commissioner disclosed since her assumption to office in October, over 200 cases have been recorded with some being dispensed, a few convicted and a whole lot still in court.

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“ As at the last count we have over 200 cases some have been dispense with, a few convicted and we still have a whole lot in court.

“We are clamoring for a special court to try these perpetrators and offenders because they still go to the regular court.

Stressing that men have also been seen as victims of gender based violence,Adeleye urged all to speak in order to protect their right.

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While appreciating the judiciary for it’s support and proper adjudication of the cases, she noted that some cases are still pending as the judges have other cases to attend to.

“ Yes our Judiciary is doing so much to support us in fact when we go to these courts we know the judges don’t take it lightly, especially when it involves gender-based violence but then they have other cases to attend to so if we have a special court we believe that it will hasten the justice that we seek for the victims.

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Meanwhile, speaking on the projection for the new year, she assured that the ministry was not resting on its oars as efforts are in line with domesticating the national gender policy in Ogun.

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