Enugu – Some women groups in Enugu State have condemned the recent raping of old women by youths of Opi in Nsukka Local Government Area, describing it as ‘’barbaric and bizarre’’.
Mrs. Joy Ezeilo, the Executive Director, Women Aid Collective, WACOL, said yesterday that it was a violation of women’s rights and a crime against humanity.
She said the act was a defilement of the land, Igbo culture, community and societal morality, adding that the perpetrators deserved life imprisonment with hard labour.
Ezeilo urged security agencies, women organisations, and other stakeholders to join hands in order to fight the moral decadence.
She said: “They should get nothing but life imprisonment and with hard labour because this is what they deserve.
I hope that the police and other security forces will swing into action. We will lend our support and I am sure many other women groups across Nigeria will lend their support to stop this violation. This is inhuman.”
Mrs Chichi Agbalaka, President, Business and Professional Women, BPW, Enugu State branch, explained that the government should inaugurate a committee to investigate the matter.
She explained that investigating the rape would go a long way to prevent a recurrence.
She said: “I think that there is supposed to be a committee on it. You sit down and know the cause, because we have never heard it before in Nigeria.
Mrs Maureen Atuonwu, the Coordinator, South East Women Network, SEWNET, Enugu State branch, expressed concern that parents had neglected their roles in bringing up their children properly.
She therefore, appealed to parents, especially mothers, to go back to the drawing boards in order to fight moral decadence in the society.