President of the Senate, David Mark, has given indication that the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill will be passed speedily into law as part of measures to stop domestic violence or harmful practices against women in Nigeria.
The bill seeks to eliminate violence in private and public life, prohibit all forms of violence, discrimination and provide maximum protection and remedies for victims as well as punishment for offenders.
Mark’s commitment came as the Minister of women affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina, on Sunday urged him to ensure that National Assembly got the bill enacted in good time.
“We shall give the bill its utmost priority and urgency. We shall do everything possible to stop violence, especially domestic or violence against women in public and private spaces,” he said.
He therefore told the Women Affairs minister and other women groups to intensify enlightenment and advocacy in order to create awareness on the menace.
Maina lamented the growing cases of violence against women such as rape, female genital mutilation, wife battery, sexual harassment, female trafficking, early marriage, and widowhood rites, among others.