In Africa today, children accused of being witches, some as young as eight, have been burned, beaten and even killed as punishment.
Sometimes, children had often been beaten and sent away from their homes. The children would be forced to admit being witches and then asked to tell the accusers who passed on the witchcraft to them.
The same case of two girls accused of witchcraft have been set ablaze by yet to be identified people at Waduruk community, Shen village, Jos South local government area of Plateau State.
The accused witches aged 11 and 5 years respectively are lying critically ill at the Plateau State Specialists Hospital, Jos as the result of the various degrees of injuries sustained.
The State Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Mrs. Jennifer Yarima, while reacting to such act, condemned such saying it is a gross violation of the human rights of the victims and called for concerted efforts from law enforcement agencies to ensure the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted.
According to NAWOJ chairperson in a statement said;
We condemn in strong terms the unspeakable human rights violation meted on two minors, 11 years old Godgift Nyam and five years old Mary Gyang who sustained unimaginable degree of injuries after they were burnt.
The menace of jungle justice has no place in our contemporary society; it is a disheartening situation that minors will be subjected to such a traumatizing agony without any substantial evidence to prove their claims.
The members of the community have continued to shield the perpetrators of this dastardly act and chased security agents when they went to arrest suspects. Since nobody is above the law, concerted efforts should be made to arrest and prosecute all those involved in this act of inhumanity to serve as a deterrent to others.
NAWOJ chairperson added that the association has picked interest in the case and will follow it to a logical conclusion and ensure that “justice is achieved in favour of the two minors”.