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Rights group kicks as woman bathes house-girl with mixture of ground pepper, hot water

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ONITSHA—Human rights group, Campaign for Democracy, CD, yesterday, condemned the action of a woman, who allegedly bathed her house-girl with ground pepper mixed with hot water at Nkutanku area of East Niger layout, Onitsha, Anambra State.

According to CD, the housewife, whose name is simply given as Mrs. Ogochukwu, now in the police custody at Fegge police station, had allegedly bathed the house-girl, whose name was also given as Miss Igweze Ekwutosi, which caused her severe burns in her private part.

A source said trouble started for the 13-year-old Ekwutosi when she forgot her bag in school but lied to her madam that it was seized by her class teacher.

The source stated that as she was crying and wailing in pain, sympathizers rushed in and asked the woman the reason for the injury meted out on the girl.

It was gathered that in her defence, the madam said the maid, instead of admitting that she could not return with her school bag for reason best known to her, accused her teacher of seizing it, adding that often times, she stole her money.

As her reasons were not enough to have led to inflicting such grievous injury on her, the sympathizers quickly invited the Police at Fegge, who arrested and whisked her away to the station for proper interrogation.

At the station, the victim, who is a cousin to the woman’s husband, revealed that her madam always beat her up, adding that in the morning of the fateful day, she used ground pepper mixed with hot water on her which caused burns in her private part.

Condemning the act at the Fegge police station, chairman of CD, Vincent Ezemekwe, described it as wickedness, adding that the woman must be made to face the wrath of the law.

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO at Fegge, Rabiu Garba, was not on seat to confirm the incident, but a superior police officer, who pleaded anonymity, said investigations were in progress.

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