The Women Arise for Change Initiative has condemned the stripping naked of a widow accused of committing adultery in Aguleri, Anambra State.
The group made the condemnation in a press statement, in Awka, on Monday. The statement was signed by Mr Vincent Ezekwueme and Evangelist Chinyere Uzoma Chairman and Secretary respectively.
The group described the act as barbaric, insensate, inhumane and despicable.
It said, “It is very unfortunate that at this 21st century, dignity, honour and respect for women were trampled upon, just a few days after the celebration of International Women’s Day.
“We are not in a state of nature in which the might is right. It is pertinent to note that there is a constitutional means to seek redress and not for citizens to take laws into their hands.”
They urged the relevant agencies not to leave any stone unturned to ensure that perpetrators of the evil and barbaric act were brought to book to face the full wrath of the law in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
“We commend those who are agitating for justice for the widow, especially the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, National President, Women Arise For Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Odumakin, Anambra First Lady and Commissioner for Women Affairs and others.
“According to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: Evil triumph not because of those who do it, but because good people sit back and do nothing, in addition to the wise postulation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: We are murderers the moment we see evil and failed to speak against it.
“Let us unite more than ever before to fight against these despicable human rights abuses, immorality and lawlessness,” the group added.
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