Employing underage girls as house maids should not be right, but many people continue to do it because there is no law prohibiting or prosecuting those who do in Nigeria. Some argue that they are able to provide shelter, food and sometimes education for the girls, but the truth is many of these girls suffer extreme physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse.
Chinyere Igwe, a 15-year-old house-help to a policewoman has described the hell she went through since living with her.
The recent abuse was so brutal that the wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Racheal Umahi called for the arrest of her boss, Joy Okochi.
According to Punch, Chinyere’s boss allegedly poured hot water on her for not cooking soup the way she was told.
Chinyere, a native of Abia State had been living with her boss for two years.
Only my mother is alive and I have been living with my madam for over two years now. This is as a result of my father’s death coupled with my mother’s financial handicap.
I failed to follow her instruction and in anger, she came out and carried the pot of soup together with the egusi (melon) and threw at me and it landed on my back.
She also carried iron and hit me on my body and ordered me to bend down and raise my leg up but I refused because my back was paining me seriously.
She locked me up in a room while she went to boil water to pour on me.
I pleaded with her to have mercy on me but she went inside and brought tear gas, then I started crying when she rushed to get hot water and poured on me.
Her husband also beat me up, but he was not aware that I had such injury because it was in the night. He later apologized and asked his wife to use honey to treat my back.
We hope she will get justice care with the intervention of wife of Ebonyi State Governor