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The Imo State House of Assembly has condemned the level of discrimination meted out to some set of indigenes in Igboland regarded as outcasts.
This followed a bill sponsored by the member representing Ideato-north state constituency, Arthur Egwim which prescribed stringent punishment both for the practice and enforceability of any disability arising therefrom.
Leading debate, the lawmaker said the issue of outcasts, (osu-diala divide) has dragged the Igbo race many steps backwards, calling for its immediate abolition.
‘It is dehumanising to regard some people created by God as outcasts.’
‘Inspite of the crusade against this obnoxious practice in Igboland, it is still spreading like wildfire.’
‘This has affected both’ our cultural and religious life. There is an urgent need to abolish this practice.’
‘This bill, if eventually passed into law, will go a long way in redressing the cultural ills of Igbo people and redeem their image before the international community,’ he concluded.
The Eastern Updateslearnt that the bill has scaled through second reading and committed to the House Committee on Gender and Vulnerable Groups.
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