The Anambra State Government has stopped the inhumane plan to bury a man in the forest.
This followed a report by a widow, Amarachi Anakor, to the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare in the State, Ify Obinabo, that her in-law planned to bury her late husband inside a forest.
The widow alleged that her late husband’s father and brother, Obi Anakor and Vincent Anakor, had refused to allow her to bury her late husband in their compound but insisted they bury him in a forest.
Angkor said: “I’m a native of Ifitedunu in Dunukofia Local Government Area and my late husband, Chike Anakor, is from Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area.
“My in-laws were the first people I notified when my husband died, but I was shocked when they told me that my husband was stripped of his rights when he was alive, hence he will not be buried in the compound.”
The Commissioner said she invited the families and kinsmen after the widow reported the matter to her office.
Obinabo said: “At the meeting, the Anakor family were given seven days to fix a date for the burial of late Chike Anakor, but their representative, Vincent Anakor, disagreed with the resolution
“The Ministry with the support of their kinsmen from Umuosegbu kindred in Ajakpani, Umunya, led by Mr. Chukwujekwu Olie, have fixed Friday, November 10 for the burial.”
The Commissioner said that Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration had zero tolerance for any form of inhumane act and injustice against women and called on the parties to embrace peace and bury the dead appropriately.