…To face trial.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
For those, who think the era of “housemaid ‘baptism of fire, child abuse and battering’” is over, may have another bitter experience to share from the recent incident of Janet Audu of Kaduna, Center of Learning.
Janet Audu, a teenager and native of Adara, Kaduna State indigene, recently came face-to-face with the wrath of a shylock and horrible Madam, her guidance, bearing Mrs Lucy Marcus, who inflicted heavy injury on her face.
Mrs Marcus, who works with the Federal Road Safety Corps, allegedly subjected the little Lucy Audu to severe and inhuman domestic work and inflicted injuries on the lady serving the family as house girl.
Despite the disheartening misconduct, some powerful people are allegedly believed to be working under the carpets to set the woman free from facing justice for her heinous offence – a development, some human rights lawyers have taken upon themselves to prosecute and ensure the vindicator did not go scot-free.
In a statement issued and signed by National President of Adara Development Association (ADA), the association expressed dismay that any sane and responsible family or woman could be so vicious to a child.
The statement reads, in part: “The attention of Adara Development Association (ADA) has been drawn to the pathetic case of Janet Audu, an Adara girl, that has been hospitalized as a result of serious injuries inflicted on her in the family where she is serving as a house help.
“The Association is, therefore, thanking the good spirited individuals, who brought this case to the attention of all concerned individuals and relevant authorities.
“Though, we have heard that some powerful people are mounting pressure for this dehumanising incident to be swept under the carpet, but we wish to assure all that no stone will be left unturned to get justice for the poor girl.
“We can’t help but wonder why a supposedly sane and responsible family or woman can be so vicious to a child. We are, therefore, demanding that all persons responsible for this horrific act be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other wicked individuals.
“While sympathizing with her and wishing her quick healing, we are calling on all members of the Adara community to put a stop to the shameful practice of giving out their wards to unknown predator families.”
“Furthermore, the Association will henceforth adopt a stronger measure of deterring all those involved in releasing our children to strangers.
“Furthermore, the Association will, henceforth, adopt a stronger measure of deterring all those involved in releasing our children to strangers.”