By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that over 400 cases of violence against women and girls were recorded in Anambra State from January to November, 2020.
The State Coordinator, Mrs Nkechi Ugwuanyi, disclosed this in her message in commemoration of 16 days of activism on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.
She said some of the cases were recorded during visits to detention facilities while several others were officially launched in her office.
She however assured that the Commission would not rest on its oars until the incidents were reduced to the barest minimum in the State.
She said, “From January to November, this year, we have recorded over four hundred cases of violence against women and girls across Anambra State. Complaints came via phone calls.
“We recorded some during visits to detention facilities while several complaints were officially launched in our office. That tell you how worrisome the matter is.
“It bleeds my heart that we have human beings whose delight is to see that women and girls are treated violently and their inalienable rights abused with impunity.”
The Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ihiala Chapter, Bar. Vitalis Ihedigbo, said the bar was ready to play its expected roles towards nipping in the bud violence against women and girls
He noted that professional and thorough investigations by the Police were always strong bases for getting justice for victims of violence.
“From the data supplied by the Police to RoLAC, my own local government area, Ihiala, has the highest number of sexual related crime. I was shocked. And not only Ihiala, Anambra State also ranked among the highest in the country.
“This is a very disturbing statistics for us as a bar. To this end, we are happy to partner with the National Human Rights Commission on these 16 days of activism,” he added.