Tuesday, 22 November 2016

37 rape cases recorded in Plateau State in just one month

The Plateau Government posited that  37 rape cases have been reported in the state in the last one month.
The Assistant Director, Child Welfare, state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ms. Fidelia Set’le, said this at the United Nations Children’s Fund annual review meeting organised by the Bauchi UNICEF Field Office in Jos.
She also said seven cases of separated and unaccompanied children were reported with five of them re-united with their families and two still pending.
She said that residents have been encouraged with the launch of the Violence Against Children (VAC) campaign in the state in September.
She said, “As a result of the VAC campaign launch in September, we have been recording more people coming to report cases of rape in the state; this means people have become more aware.
Punch gathered that in the last one month, 37 rape cases were reported to VAC and all of these cases were either pending or with the Police.
The assistant director, however, expressed optimism that incidence of violence against children would be nipped in the bud in Plateau.
She called on relevant stakeholders to support government’s effort to ensure that children in the state get a rosy future, devoid of violence.


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