The Lagos State Government has disclosed that perpetrators of rape and other domestic and sexual violence cases now blame economic challenges in the country for their action.
The state government also expressed concern over rise in rape and defilement of children between ages 0-17 in Lagos.
Director, Office of the Public Defender, OPD, Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemi, said this at an Awareness Campaign/Legal Clinic in Bariga axis of the state.
Adeyemi said: “Beating of spouses is rampant nowadays in the society. It is not only men who beat up their women, women also beat men.”
The Director, in a statement jointly issued by OPD Public Affairs Officers, Yusuf Bolarinwa and June Vincent, assured that strategies would be intensified to ensure human rights abuses reduced to barest minimum in the state.
According to her, the present economic situation in the country should not be a yardstick for the rise in domestic and sexual violence in the state.
She , however, urged that residents should desist from pleading for rape and sexual violence offenders, lamenting, it slows down pace of justice system.
Adeyemi emphasised that there is no ignorance
of law, adding that anybody that goes against the law will be punished accordingly
and made to face the full weight of the law.