Some natives in Mmaku Community, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State have reportedly stripped a woman completely and forced her to parade the village for stealing a basket of snail. A viral video of the woman who was left bare have been making the rounds on social media.
NewsBits learnt that the incident happened at Mmaku Community in Awgu L.G.A area of Enugu State. However, some Women groups in Enugu have risen in condemnation of the act describing it as dehumanizing.
In a jointly signed statement, the women groups said it was inhuman to strip a woman of her pride which is her covering for mere piece of snails, “naturals snails, God-given snails.”
The four signatories to the statement include: Amb. Onyii mamah, Executive Director/President Heroine Women Foundation and president Women Support Women; Amb. Mrs Amaka Nweke, Country Director/Executive Director, Global Society for Anti-Corruption and Amaka Nweke Foundation.
Mrs Ndidiamaka Ikeobi, Coordinator Anambra Women General Assembly Enugu State Chapter and Lolo Ngozi Mbah BOT, Nigeria Association of Women Journalist, South East zone. Also, the women stated: “It hurts further to know that these snails are not lab-manufactured or already offered to the god’s but termed sacred on the basis of archaic laws.
“We raise our voices in the loudest to condemn this impunity, this shame called protecting a supposed sacred site. We outrightly(sic) lend our voices and actions to declare to the world that this is totally unacceptable. This act is wild and desperately annoying.
“How do we preserve this woman’s nudity after parading her nakedness to the world. The swiftness and virality of the social media is not one to be joked with as we can shamefully agree that half of the world must have seen this by now.
“We condemn every part of this and say that the culprits must be brought to book. They must apologize to the women folk nationwide and pay a huge sum to this woman after packing bags of snails to plead with her.
“As we write this, we wish it never took place, how much longer will the women continue to be a societal ridicule and thrash. This is totally unacceptable and devastating. We condemn every spot of chauvinistic decision taken on this woman. Would they have done this to a man? Yes!! Maybe if he was caught as a high-way thief or a killer absolutely not for picking snails.
“God have mercy on the future of women in our society. No single man said hold on, not even one. It’s totally regrettable and no amount of plea can cover our minds eye from remembering her nakedness. We condemn this with all of our hearts as women, human rights activist, organizations for women and all humans.”