The National Council for Women Society, NCWS, Rivers State chapter has called on relevant stakeholders in the state to initiate support programmes through which they can empower women, especially widows in the society to start up a business.
The president, Sheila Abiye made this call on behalf of the organization after the report of a widow who slept with a man in her home for N1,000, with which she planned to feed her one-year old baby.
Abiye who described the incident as absurd, called on state, local government and community leaders to initiate women empowerment programmes for single mothers, women and widows to prevent similar cases.
In her words: “I have always known that distressful cases will come up because of the difficulty, hardship people are facing right now, but I never imagined one as worse as this, that a woman who is not incapacitated in any way will allow a man use her for N1,000 in the presence of her one-year-old daughter.
“I can’t judge her because I don’t know what led her into this. Who knows if her little daughter had eaten for days now, but I still believe that she would have considered other options than allow a man inflict such injury on her for demanding he pays her the agreed N1,000 after sleeping with her in her own house.
“This is bad, but if the community leaders; CDC, women and youth leaders can consider organizing empowerment, entrepreneurship programmes for women in their communities, both indigenes and non-indigenes it will help reduce this kind of devastating news.”
TNN learnt that the woman, mother of a year-old baby girl had bruises all over her body, with blood dripping from her face to her left eye, resulting from a fight she had with a man who agreed to pay her N1,000 for sleeping with her, but refused giving her the money after the act.
The woman whose eyes were swollen, said the man pounced on her when she insisted he must pay her before leaving. She added that she held him on his trouser, demanding for her money. Rather than pay the agreed N1,000, he ran away after beating her up.
She added that she had gone to the police station to report the matter but left when the police men started mocking her and demanded she brings money to register the case which she did not have.
She also stated that her female child was in the room awake when she was having fun with the man.