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Rape : NHRC Partners NAPTIP, POLICE.

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, has said the commission would partner the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Nigeria Police Force for urgent prosecution of rapists and cases of gender-based violence.

Ojukwu, according to a statement on Sunday, said this during a tripartite meeting between the commission, the police and NAPTIP  at the force headquarters, Abuja.

Ojukwu observed with dismay that survivors of rape/SGBV cases were usually stigmatized and humiliated by the public, including some officials of the law enforcement agencies, when such cases are reported.

He added,

“They ask suggestive contributory negligence questions like what was she wearing, what time of the night was she outside, what was she doing in a hotel room, what did she go out to do?”

According to the Executive Secretary, such questions discourage victims from reporting violations, thereby making perpetrators get away with their crimes.

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