Bauchi-A Bauchi State magistrate, Barrister Amina Garuba has said that the newly enacted Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law in Bauchi state has stipulated a fine of N500,000 or two years imprisonment for forcing women to unwanted marriages.
Amina who is the chairperson VAPP law working group in the state made the disclosure on Friday while presenting lecture on the new law at a one day training organized by the Bauchi state ministry of women affairs for civil society organizations, women groups and traditional leaders at Pali suites Bauchi.
She explained that the law also has forbidden forcing girls and women to marry against thier will, adding that it is an offence for a partner to evict his spouse forcefully from their matrimonial home which attract a two years jail terms or a fine of N300, 000.
“The VAPP law which was passed to address violence against persons especially women penalizes rapists by life imprisonment or death by hanging in the case of rape of a minor on conviction”
“Other acts provided by the VAPP law includea prohibition of female circumcision, forced financial dependence, economic abuse, forced isolation from family as well as abandonment of spouse and children.An attempt to commit emotional, verbal and psychological abuse is an offence. Whoever is convicted of this offence of emotional, verbal and psychological abuse will be sentenced to not less than one year imprisonment or a fine of not less than N200, 000 or both”. She said
In her address, the state commissioner ministry of women affairs Hajara Gidado represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry Ahmed Shehu Lame said the law was passed into law by the state government to protect the rights of all citizens.
While assuring that government was committed to the full implementation and enforcement of the law, the commissioner said the workshop was meant to educate the participants on the law so that they could pass the message to others.