4-year old defilement: Arrest suspect & chief -AWMA

A Women’s Right Advocates, Alliance for Women in Media Africa (AWMA) is calling on authorities at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to cause the immediate arrest of the suspect who defiled a 4-year old girl at Assin Dadientem, in the Central Region.

The women advocates are also calling for the arrest of the chief in the area for ‘attempting to shield’ the suspect by dragging his feet when the matter was first reported to him.

The Chief is reported to have said the suspect did not commit the crime after he purportedly consulted a deity in the area.

The girl has not been able to stand, pass urine nor walk after being defiled.

The suspect has since escaped punishment.

But AWMA in a petition to the Director General of CID, signed by its Convener Shamima Muslim Alhassan, it said, ‘The immediate transfer of the case to the National Police headquarters in Accra, due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Municipal Police Command in handling the case’.

The group wondered why the police in the area have been dragging their feet in arresting the suspect.

The group is requesting for support and protection for the mother and the girl who may become targets of families and friends of the alleged suspect.

Read details of AWMA’s statement:

ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA AFRICA (AWMA)

Accra, October 25, 2017

PETITION TO DIRECTOR GENERAL, CID OVER DEFILEMENT OF FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL AT ASSIN DADIENTEM, CENTRAL REGION

 The Alliance for Women in Media (AWMA) is issuing this petition to denounce the alleged defilement of the four year-old girl in Assin Dadientem, in the Central Region, as reported in the media on Tuesday 24th October, 2017.

The girl is reported to have been defiled by a young man in the community who has since escaped punishment for his alleged crime because the chief of the town as well as the police are reluctant to bring him to book.

The incident has been condemned by many in the society including Human Rights Activists and Gender advocates. AWMA joins calls by the public for justice to be served to the survivor.

THE INCIDENT

JOYNEWS reporter Maxwell Agbagba chanced upon the victim and her mother at the St Francis Xavier Hospital at Assin Fosu last week when he went to the town to cover another story. He noticed the girl was unable to stand and upon further interrogation, the mother Monica Nyarko disclosed to him her daughter had been defiled in a toilet facility by the young many identified only as Kwabena. According to Monica Nyarko the young man threatened to kill her daughter if she revealed the incident to anyone. He reportedly carried the victim on his shoulder after the act and dropped her at her house. Monica says after the incident, her daughter was unable to pass urine, bled for three days forcing them to use diapers to control the bleeding. According to Monica, when the matter was reported to the chief of the town, the chief took the matter up with a deity who supposedly said the accused person did not commit the act.

AFTERMATH

A week after the incident, the victim’s father Isaac Kofi reported the matter to the Assin Fosu Police. However the police are yet to apprehend the suspect because they claim Mr. Kofi has not returned to the station to lead officers to effect the arrest. This is despite the fact that the little girl had identified the perpetrator who is known in the community. Currently the victim has to go for regular treatment at the hospital and the incident has resulted in her inability to trek long distances as before. The mother of the victim Monica Nyarko is demanding justice for her daughter.

 ACTION

The Alliance for Women in Media Africa, a Women’s Right Advocates is petitioning your esteem office to seek justice for the innocent child. We are among other things seeking;

  1. The immediate transfer of the case to the National Police headquarters in Accra, due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Municipal Police Command in handling the case
  2. Immediate arrest of the suspect as well as the chief of the area pending full investigations
  3. A Special prosecutor to immediately handle the investigation
  4. Immediate arrangement of the case before a competent Court of jurisdiction
  5. Immediate medical attention for the victim in Accra by the Social Welfare Department and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
  6. Support and protection for the mother and child who may become targets of families and friends of the alleged suspect

SIGNED

Shamima Muslim Alhassan

Convenor, AWMA

cc:

National Coordinator DOVVSU

Chief Justice

Commissioner, CHRAG

MP Assin South, Rev Ntim Fordjour

Office of the President

Speaker of Parliament

First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia

Gender Minister

Christian Council

Peace Council

National House of Chiefs

Central Regional House of Chiefs

*Alliance for Women in Media Africa (AWMA) is a Women in Media and Communications Advocacy and empowerment group made up of over 150 professionals from across the media industry in Ghana.

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM