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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE: WOMEN AFFAIRS MINISTER ADVOCATES PSYCHIATRIC TEST AS PREREQUISITE FOR INTENDING COUPLES

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE: WOMEN AFFAIRS MINISTER ADVOCATES PSYCHIATRIC TEST AS PREREQUISITE FOR INTENDING COUPLES

The Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen is advocating the need to make psychiatric test compulsory as part of marriage
requirement for intending couples to curtail the rising cases of gender-
based violence, GBV and spousal murder.
She made the advocacy in Abuja during a media briefing on increased gender-based violence.
The minister is of the opinion that the alarming rate of Gender based Violence as witnessed across the country in the last few weeks was one too many which called for urgent action from relevant stakeholders to address the trend.

“From the North and South, East and West several cases are reported daily and there is the need for us to remind the masses that due process is in place to address each and every one of these cases.
According to her “We can no longer be silent and watch our society degenerate to a level where G,ender Based Violence is practised with impunity.
She pointed out that perpetrators need to be told that Nigeria is a society with Zero Tolerance against GBV. As a first step to ensuring that we bring an end to this issue, I will initiate a conversation with the Minister of Interior to ensure that psychiatric test is made compulsory as part of marriage requirements in the country.”
The Minister of Women Affairs further said despite the declaration of a state of emergency by the 36 state Governors to end GBV, the numbers were on the increase and called on state governments to implement the Child right and VAPP laws domesticated in their states.

According to her, “Our problem is not the domestication of these laws but the implementation is my greatest concern now because the numbers are on the increase.
She is of the opinion that If the country implements this law it would serve as a deterrent to the would be spousal abuser.
Pauline Tallen who outlines the recent cases of GBV begging for answers, demands justice for unresolved cases and urged the judiciary and the police to be proactive in addressing the backlog of GBV cases as justice delayed is justice denied.
She advises women organisations and groups to sensitize Nigerians to shun the culture of silence and speak out when they are violated or witness any form of violence.
Available data from the ministry’s Gender based violence situation room, show over six thousand cases have been reported, with the only 33 convicted cased.

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