Gender Minister calls for arrest of abusers of Tamale girl

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The Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Afisa Otiko Djaba  has called on the Ghana Police Service and the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) to immediately investigate and prosecute the young men who subjected their sister to severe beatings in Tamale.

A 1minute sixteen seconds video which has gone viral on social media captures a young lady of about 17 years of age being forced on a bench by about 4 men believed to be her brothers and whipped several times on her back and legs.

As if that was not enough, the young men dragged her on the floor while kicking her for the simple reason that she came home late.

In a statement issued by the Gender Ministry, Madam Otiko Djaba condemned the act and said gender-based violence is an offence punishable by law.

“A person in a domestic relationship who engages in domestic violence commits an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine or a term of imprisonment of not more than two (2) years or to both,” the statement cautioned.

She condemned the act where people openly film heinous crimes such as these, citing a young lady who was stripped naked in Kumasi market and brutalized for an alleged theft.

The statement added that “one would have thought that after almost 70 years of the passage of the Criminal Code, Ghanaians would have appreciated that physical abuse especially against a female, is a criminal offence and punishable by law.”

By: Blessed Eduamoah Dadzie, radiotamale.com/pk_dadzie@hotmail.com

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