Rape cases in the country are often not reported by victims who fear stigmatisation and are discouraged to press charges because of how difficult it is to prove in a court, she says.
On Tuesday, M’Bella, who is from Cameroon, apologised for the broadcast, admitting that he had “made an error” while trying to raise awareness about rape, Reuters quotes him as saying.
NCI has also apologised.
The organisers of Saturday’s Miss Ivory Coast contest, which M’Bella was supposed to be hosting, have cancelled his appearance.
There are no official statistics on rape in Ivory Coast but an Ivorian NGO found that 2,000 cases of violence against women, including 1,121 rapes, were recorded in 2019 and 2020 in the city of Abidjan alone, AFP reports.