The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has rescued one Laritu Safiyanu, a woman who was chained and caged by her family members in Gyaza village, Kankai Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Barrister Adamu Umaru Kasimu, Katsina State NHRC coordinator, who confirmed the development on Friday, stated that the Commission got an information from a Good Samaritan about Laritu’s imprisonment in Gyaza on the grounds of alleged mental health issues.
He added that it took the intervention of the Commission and other stakeholders to rescue the victim from the degrading and inhuman treatment meted upon her by her family members.
He said investigations has revealed that the woman who was kept in a filthy environment not suitable for human habitation and had for a long time been denied her rights to dignity of a human person; a situation he lamented may have contributed to her state of mental instability.
Barrister Adamu Umaru Kasimu who ordered the immediate release of Laritu from the deplorable state she was subjected to, also tasked the family to urgently take her to the hospital for thorough medical examination and care, stressing that the Commission will continue to monitor the condition of the victim to ensure that she gets the right kind of treatment she deserves.