GHANA POLICE RESCUE TWO UNDER-AGED GIRLS FROM FORCED MARRIAGES

Police in Ashanti, about 250 kilometres north west of here, have saved two under-aged girls from forced marriage.

The two high school girls were rescued through prompt action by the Police Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of Ashanti Region (Province) who had received a tip-off.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Susanna Dery, the Deputy Ashanti Region Commander of the unit, told the Ghana Agency (GNA) in the regional capital, Kumasi, over the weekend that the girls are from northern Ghana.

She said members of the unit moved in to save one of the victims a day before she was to be married off in Kumasi. The other had just been married and sent to Accra, but they managed to trace, free and get her back to school.

DSP Dery said their parents had been arrested and were assisting in police investigations.

She indicated that DOVVSU was “very vigilant” and would not relent in its effort to deal with all cases of child abuse to give more protection to children. She advised parents to avoid forcing under-age girls into early marriages as that could jeopardize their future.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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