Indecent Assault And Public Parade Of A Widow In Aguleri
Recently,a video of a lady who was indecently assaulted by a mob over alleged infidelity and death of her husband went viral in the social media.
The young lady was paraded naked on the streets of the community at the full glare of passersby.
The humiliation she underwent in the hands of her tormentors leaves much to be desired.
The place of the incident was identified as somewhere in Aguleri,in Anambra East Local Government of Anambra state,home town of the erstwhile governor of Anambra State governor Willie Obiano.
We join all well meaning people of the state in condemning such act of primitivity,callousness and undignified action meted to a woman over an unverified allegation by competent authorities.
This is the height of jungle justice that is becoming the order of the day amongst our people.
We call on the police and all other relevant authorities to do the needful to bring the perpetrators of the ignoble act to book.
With the look of things,Nigerians seem to be heading back to primitivity and all kinds of mundane practices.
There has been a rise in ritual killings ,abductions,idol worshipping and cannibalism.
The rate at which our moral standards have fallen need not be over-emphasised.
Aguleri community has produced many enlightened and celebrated individuals.Many of the indigenes are famous and civilised.For instance,the immediate past governor of the state Dr Willie Obiano is from Aguleri.
We also mention Fr Cyprian Iwene Tansi who brought the name of the town to the world community.
That such sad news would come out to the world from such a blessed community is saddening.
We recommend that a medical report after the autopsy on the cause of death of the deceased be made public.
The result would help in educating the diverse publics of the community on the dangers of superstition and other underlying issues surrounding the matter.
Illiteracy and ignorance have done incalculable damage to most of our communities.
Instead of approaching the hospitals and the police on certain issues,our people resort to self help that is very costly and dangerous.
We commend some civil society organisations who are already working to unravel the circumstances behind this issue.
We also commend other highly placed personalities like Senator Princess Stella Oduah,Senator Uche Ekwunife and Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano for their concern on the matter.
Certainly,this is one matter that is calling for a wide sensitization programme by civil society organisations especially those involved in welfare of women.
May God help us.