Anambra Women Protest Against Tradition Of Forcing Widows To Drink Water Washed Off Their Dead Husbands
Some women in Awka, Anambra State, have stood up against barbaric widowhood practices which include being forced to drink from the water with which their late husband’s corpse was bathed preparatory to a burial.
They staged a peaceful protest against such a practice on Thursday, the 11th of May, 2023. They demanded that the ritual in which widows were forced to drink the water used in bathing their husband’s corpse is stopped and completely abolished.
The leader of the protest, Mrs Okoye, while speaking to reporters, urged the government to pay attention to the practice and put an end to it so the girl child and women can be protected.
She also called on all the community leaders, especially at Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra, to stop the obnoxious practices against widows.
“We demand that the government ensures that justice is served to perpetrators of unpleasant widowhood practices against the girl child, women and widows, irrespective of their social status,” she said in part.