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Rights group kicks as community abuses, strips Enugu woman naked over snails

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The South East Human Rights Situation Room has condemned in strongest phrases, the dehumanizing abuse, and stripping naked of a poor widow by the youths of Agunese Affam-Mmaku Autonomous Community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

DAILY POST learnt that the incident occurred on Thursday twenty eighth October 2022, within the community.

According to a press assertion signed on Saturday by Blessing Igwe on behalf of the Secretariat of the South-East Human Rights Situation Room, she mentioned the sufferer is at present hospitalized, as a results of the accidents attributable to the bodily, and emotional torture she acquired from the errant youths of the community.

“The info obtainable to us revealed that the sufferer acquired jungle justice for merely gathering snails from a sacred website which brought about the boys and males in that village to topic her to this humiliation therapy, whereas the ladies watched and urged them on. The vile act was additional recorded, and the video was shared on the web.

“In the trending video additionally shared within the South-East Human Rights Situation Room by a member of the discussion board, the woman was seen crushed to a stupor, stripped naked, and paraded within the community like a typical thief. This barbaric act is dehumanizing, satanic, and a violation of the human rights of this poor widow.

“The truth {that a} community on this twenty first century can commit this heinous crime in opposition to their daughter, and spouse all within the title of tradition speaks volumes of their stage of backwardness. Interestingly, this incident isn’t the primary time that such flagrant desecration of girls was perpetuated on this identical community.
In the time previous, the WomenAid Collective (WACOL) a Gender justice Non-governmental Organization additionally acquired and dealt with the same case from the identical community.

“The SE Human Rights Situation Room reiterates that any cultural observe that’s anti-human, is in battle with the structure of the Federation Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law of Enugu State 2019, and the Widowhood Law of Enugu, and likewise repugnant to pure justice.

“We additionally famous, that in latest instances, there was a spike in such nauseating acts of man inhumanity to ladies as recorded in our communities, particularly in Igbo land, therefore the necessity for pressing motion to be taken by the stakeholders towards stemming the tide.

“It is disheartening and condemnable that regardless of high-level advocacy interventions carried out by CSOs within the county to create a gender-friendly surroundings the place ladies and ladies really feel secure similar to their male counterparts, ladies in Nigeria, particularly within the South-East geopolitical zones have continued to endure enormous bodily, emotional, and psychological abuses, as a consequence of dangerous cultural practices. Enough is sufficient!

“The conventional ruler and the cupboard members of the Agunese Afam-Mmaku Autonomous community ought to take pressing steps to verify the excesses of their topics, so as to stop a repeat of such injustices in opposition to ladies.

“We, also appeal to the concerned authorities, especially the Awgu Local chairman, as well as the State government to do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that the perpetrators of these monstrous act prosecuted.”

Igwe, who’s of WACOL, added that “Ndigbo ought to as a matter of essential urgency converse out in unionism in condemnation of dangerous cultural norms, that deliver disgrace to the Igbo race, and perpetually venture them in unhealthy gentle earlier than the comity of countries.

“It is our earnest need as a group that communities and legislation enforcement companies proceed to lift the accountability stakes, and take proactive actions to guard the poor, and the weak members of our society such as the woman within the viral video.

“We wish to sincerely commend the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), different officers, and males of the Awgu Divisional Police for his or her swift motion that led to the arrest of seven (7) perpetrators.
We, due to this fact, request their immediate prosecution underneath the extant legal guidelines of the land.

“Furthermore, we additionally prolong our deepest appreciation to Mr. Vincent Okafor Esq, for his effort to this point in making certain that the sufferer has entry to medical therapy and for additionally making certain that the case was reported to the police.
Accordingly, we will proceed to work with all people, and companies to make sure that justice is totally served within the matter.

“The South East Human Rights Situation Room is a coalition of like-minded NGOs working in South East Nigeria. Our core objective is to protect the human rights of all residents of the zone through advocacy, dialogue, and sensitization.”

Rights group kicks as community abuses, strips Enugu woman naked over snails

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