Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Mrs. Akinbile Yusuf and Muri Okunola at the event
Lagos State Government yesterday said that it would begin to defend husbands who were being battered by their wives.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, who disclosed this, said government would not only protect married women who were victims of domestic violence but also men.
According to her, government created the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to address domestic violence and alleviate poverty because women are usually mistreated by men. But she said that since there were increasing cases of men now seeking the dissolution of marriage owing to frequent beatings from their wives, government would rescue men from onslaughts from their wives.
Addressing journalists at the ongoing 2016 Ministerial Briefing of her ministry, Akande said the ministry was not established to protect women alone. But, according to her, men hardly come out to report the challenges facing them in their marital homes.
She said: “We are not out to protect women alone, men are also welcome. In fact, the government is ready to defend them. It is true that men are now becoming victims of domestic violence because I have listened to a report where men are saying that their wives beat them and molest them.
“The tradition is that man beats a woman. It is just that men don’t come forward to report that their wives beat them. If we have any man who can be bold enough to say it, we will defend him. It is true now that some women are now undergoing ‘Kong fu’ training.”
Akande disclosed that government recorded 382 e-mails on Domestic Violence and 553 phone calls, while 234 cases were treated.