A 12-year-old girl, Faith Nwanja who was allegedly tortured and mutilated by her mistress, Mrs Nkechi Bartholomew for being too stubborn has suffered serious damaged in her reproductive system.
This was disclosed by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development yesterday while briefing journalists on the development.
The girl, who hails from Okoffia community in Ezza South Local Government Area, was tortured, mutilated and abandoned by Bartholomew.
Bartholomew, a childless woman and seamstress adopted Nwanja and took her to Onitsha, Anambra State, when she was eight years and allegedly disfigured the girl.
The woman allegedly inserted sticks inside the girl’s private parts which have caused her serious damage to the reproductive system.
Nwanja has shocking scars and injuries all over her body, including eyes, mouth, head. She also has bloodied mouth and has lost one of her hands to torture.
Briefing journalists yesterday, Head of Department, Child Development of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Godwin Igwe said the health condition of Faith has worsened.
“The child was battered, dehumanized and subjected to degrading treatment by Mrs Nkechi Barth at Onitsha in February. That Childhas been undergoing medical examination by team of expert gynaecologists, a team of orthopaedic doctors, a team of expert opmologists because of serious harm inflicted on her reproductive system, her hand, her ear, her teeth all over.
“The woman inflicted injuries on all part of her body. Last week, her medical examination was concluded and the hospital management said the report will be released to the police as soon as it is demanded”, he said.
Igwe accused the state Police command of refusing to arraign the suspect.