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The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015
     
 
FORMS OF PROHIBITED VIOLENCE
EXPLANATION
SANCTIONS A JUDGE MAY ORDER

Carrying out Harmful traditional practices

Traditional practices that cause harm to another person are prohibited.

These refer to all traditional behaviours, attitudes or practices, which negatively affect the fundamental rights of women, girls, or any person. They include harmful widowhood practices, denial of inheritance or succession rights, female genital mutilation or female circumcision, forced marriage and forced isolation from family and friends, as practiced as part of tradition or traditional beliefs.

People who attempt to commit such act of violence; or incite; aid; abet; counsel; receive or assist another person in committing such act are also punished.

 

Imprisonment for 4 years or less depending on the cirmcumstances of each case; or a fine of less than ₦ 500,000 or both imprisonment and a fine.