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More Men Now Suffer Domestic And Sexual Violence In Lagos-Report

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Nigeria News look at the increasing cases of domestic violence.


It may sound unbelievable but it is true that more men now suffer domestic and sexual violence in Nigeria, most especially in Lagos State.


Lower and Higher courts of the land have become another centre of comedy where husbands and wives wash their dirty linens before their marriages are dissolved.


As a matter of fact, magistrate and customary courts are always filled with spectators whose intention are to listen to story of how some husbands had beaten up their wives to death because they were denied of sexual intercourse.


At times, the story is about wife stabbing her husband to death because he cannot provide food for the family. Domestic violence has become so rampant that almost every week, Lagos State Government receives at least one case of domestic violence.


Aside, there is an increase rate of sexual violence in many homes. Cases of minors being sexually abused saturate the air but with many of the perpetrators living without punishment.


Records show that 852 cases of domestic violence were reported at the Lagos State government, according to state Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in the last nine months.


The State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said out of the total number, there were 564 domestic violence cases, 60 defilement cases,  30 rape cases, 11 attempted rape, 123 child neglect and abuse cases, and 84 other cases.


However, the present scenario became profound on Tuesday when the commissioner said that out of the cases, about 55 men reported to the government how their wives had been violating them both sexually and domestically.


Last year, only 14 men could make a report of violence against them but between January and August this year, 55 men had come forward to report their wives.


He said the data revealed that most of sexual assault cases were perpetrated in the afternoon during weekdays, while corroborating that 95 percent of the perpetrators of sexual violence are known to the victims.


The story was told of a lawyer who stabbed her husband to death in Ibadan, Oyo State. In Lagos, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God stabbed his wife more than 21 times to death.


While the pastor has since been sentenced to death by the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos, there is no court verdict yet on the female lawyer who killed her husband in Ibadan.


The recent was a celebrity artiste, Mercy Aigbe.  Her husband, Lanre Gentry battered her and nearly killed over alleged infidelity.


Gentry was arrested by the police but it did not take 24 hours that he posted the picture of another woman on his Instagram page as his new wife.


Another one happened in Egbeda last year when a woman identified as Ronke Bewaji Shonde was murdered by her husband.


The husband, Mr. Shonde had alleged that the woman was dating her boss in office. He said that he caught his wife with her boss in a hotel in Abuja.


Mr. Shonde ran away from home after he committed the murder but was later arrested and being prosecuted by the Lagos State Government.


However, it was gathered through various cases of domestic violence that many men passed through trauma and frustration before taking law into their hands. They are emotionally molested by their wives due to the current economic recession.


Perhaps that is why many of them now troop to the state Ministry of Justice to report what and how they suffer in the hands of their wives.

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