The Kano State Hisbah Board has said that about 80 percent of gender based violence cases across the state and beyond are reported to her, more than any other law enforcement body in the state.
The Director-General of the board, Abdullahi Balarabe confirmed this on Thursday while speaking at a training of 44 of its personnel on protecting women and girls from gender based violence in the state.
The one-day workshop, organised in collaboration with development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) and held in Kano was aimed at sensitizing the religious law enforcement body as the key players of the sector in the state.
According to the Hisbah DG, “Most people prefer to report their marital, gender based violence and family issues to us more than any other body because we provide the required solution to their problems.
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“It is a step-down training to our personnel who come in contact with GBV across the state. Earlier, there was training for some states, now we are stepping down the training to other personnel at local government areas of the state.
“We noticed increase in GBV across Kano state over time, and the most common cases reported to Kano Hisbah is assault and rape. Lately, there is also an increase in the new trend of people who lock their relatives for months or even years is increasing,” the DG explained.
Earlier, the dRPC Senior Program Associate, Umar Ahmad Umar, the training followed a workshop organised for Hisbah officials from five northwestern states, and now Kano is stepping it down to local level.
“They were trained on the position of Islam in relation to GBV. So, after the training, they drew an action plan, and this step-down training in their respective states. So far, three states have done so, and today Kano is having its own,” he added.
Umar said the essence was to reduce the rate of women and girl-child abuse, broken homes and street hawking across the state.