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Oyo Assembly Makes Case for Exemption of Rape Victims From Payment to Obtain Medical Report 

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly has pleaded with the state government to exempt victims of rape from the mandatory N5,000 payment to obtain medical report in government hospitals.
The Assembly, at its plenary on Thursday, made the appeal, owing to reported increase in rape cases particularly of the girl-child in the state.
This was just as the Assembly also encouraged members of the public, rape victims and parents of rape victims to report cases of rape, defilement and other sexual assaults.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion titled: “Need to Stop Request for Payment of N5000 for Medical Reports from Rape Victims and Defilement in Oyo State.”
The motion was presented by the Chairperson, House Committee on Women Affairs, Hon. Wunmi Oladeji (APC-Ogbomoso North) and seconded by Hon. Bolanle Agbaje, member, representing Ibadan North I.
Oladeji argued that young girls who have been sexually assaulted in the state were made to bear the costs for testing and obtaining medical report when they report to authorities.
According to her, this has caused rape and other issues of defilement of the girl-child to persist because not many of the victims’ parents could afford the stipulated N5,000.
She said that the issue of paying for medical report has prevented offenders of the dasterd from being brought to justice.
“Rape or defilement against the girl-child are on the increase day by day.
“In the process of prosecuting offenders of rape, there is need for victims to obtain a medical report from hospitals as a vital document for evidence to assist during prosecution of such offenders.
“It is now compulsory in all government hospitals within the state for rape victims reporting to the police to pay a sum of N5000 to obtain medical reports.
“However, most of these victims especially the young girls cannot afford this amount.
“If government does not exempt child victims of rape or defilement from the compulsory payment of N5000 for obtaining medical reports from hospitals as evidence for prosecution, perpetrators of these evil and criminal acts would continue to escape justice and such acts would continue to increase in our society,” she said.
One of the lawmakers, Hon. Fatai Adesina (Accord- Ibadan South East I) who commended Oladeji for the motion, said that it adequately represented public interest.
Adesina said that the payment of N5,000 by a rape victim in order to obtain medical report was tantamount to subjecting the victim to double jeopardy.
According to him, victims of rape often experienced hardships in the aftermath of their attack and should not be subjected to further hardship by being charged for medical services related to rape.
Another lawmaker, Hon.  Muideen Olagunju, member, representing Oyo East/Oyo West said that the policy of payment of N5000 was a breach of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State.
“Section 15 (3b) of the law expressly stated that the Oyo State Government shall ensure the provision of necessary medical assistance and healthcare services to all children.
“In accordance to this law, demanding N5000 from victims or their parents is a violation,” he said.
The Speaker, Hon. Michael Adeyemo, urged the executive arm of government in the state to put machinery in motion to give full effect to the Child Rights Law passed by the Assembly.

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