The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has in a strong- worded statement condemned the incident of gang-rape that happened at the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, involving 7 teenagers and an eighteen (18) year-old girl.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has arrested 3 of the suspects who are currently in Juvenile cells after a court hearing on Wednesday.
But a statement signed by the ministry’s Communication Director, Gabriella Ampem-Darko,said the ministry “is appalled and outraged by the outrageous videoing of this criminal act and its sharing on social media” and has therefore “recently embarked upon an accelerated programme to raise the consciousness of all Ghanaians about the growing incidence of defilement and rape” which are skyrocketing in the country.
Read the full statement below :
CONDEMNATION OF RAPE OF YOUNG GIRL IN KUMASI
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) condemns unreservedly the dehumanising act of rape which occurred in Kumasi recently.
MoGCSP is appalled and outraged by the outrageous videoing of this criminal act and its sharing on social media. Various agencies of the Ministry, including the Domestic Violence Secretariat, have been working with the Ghana Police Service to provide counselling services for the victim. While the Ghana Police Service is handling the criminal aspects of the incident, the MoGCSP is monitoring the health of the victim and standing ready to provide psychological and rehabilitation services to assist the young lady to recover as quickly as possible.
The MoGCSP has recently embarked upon an accelerated programme to raise the consciousness of all Ghanaians about the growing incidence of defilement and rape in Ghana. All Regional and District offices of MoGCSP, with the active support of the Hon. Minister, Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, have been tasked to undertake sensitization and publicity programmes to sensitize communities about the growing incidence of defilement and rape.
The most recent publicity event in respect of this activity was the climax of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2017 held at Assin Ondo in the Central Region after the reported case of heightened incidence of adults piling pressure on juvenile girls for sex in schools.
The Campaign is also aimed at urging and encouraging citizens to report all alleged incidents of defilement and rape to the law enforcement agencies, District Social Welfare Department and the Domestic Violence Secretariat of MoGCSP.
We wish to bring to the attention of the general public that there are laws that protect the rights of children and the people of Ghana such as;
The 1992 Constitution of Ghana section 28 (1) (a-e) and section 28 (2), (3) and (4)
The Juvenile Justice Act 653, 2003
Children’s Act 560, 1998
Child and Family Welfare Policy 2015
Justice for Children Policy 2016
Anybody in violation of these laws or found guilty shall be made to face the following sanctions. For instance; Rape – Imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than twenty-five years and Defilement – Imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years and not more than twenty-five years
The MoGCSP wishes to re-assure Ghanaians that the Ministry and its agencies are working assiduously to sensitise and inform all Ghanaians about the growing incidence of sexual violence against girls and the processes and procedures for reporting and ensuring that appropriate actions are taken for the rehabilitation of victims and the punishment of offenders.
GABRIELLA S. AMPEM-DARKO
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS,