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Forced marriage encourages domestic and gender based violence – Osun Speaker

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Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Timothy Owoeye has on Wednesday stated that couples experiencing separation in their marriages should be properly reintegrated into the society without stigmatization to stem the surge of domestic and gender based violence.
This is even as the wife of the governor of Osun, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola urged the State House of Assembly to amend the law establishing the Amotekun Corps to legally empower members of the security outfit use their intelligence service to detect and arrest perpetrators of rape and sexual violence in the state.
The Speaker while receiving the wife of the governor of Osun at the floor of the Assembly held that the idea of looking down on people with separated homes must stop.
Owoeye called for the strengthening of counselling mechanism to help guide, nurture marriages and protect victims of domestic and gender based violence and in most extreme cases reabsorbed those whose marriages are beyond repair into the society. The wife of Osun governor, Mrs Oyetola stated that her visit to the Assembly was to seek the support of the House on the issues of rape and sexual violence that has constituted a clear danger to women and girls and the practice of open defecation.
She said, “Although we have the violence against persons prohibition Act 2015 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which has not been domisticated here, I must say that our State is not lacking in the relevant laws required to exterminate conducts such as rape and sexual violence in the state.

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