Minister briefs Parliament on defilement case

Accra, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister of Gender and Social Protection has informed Parliament that the four-year-old girl, who was allegedly defiled at Assin Adadietem in the Central Region is in good health.

According to the Minister, the victim and the family have also been relocated to a safe environment with the support of the Member of Parliament for the area.

Ms Otiko Djaba was invited to the House to brief Parliament on the matter following a question filed by Laadi Ayamba, Member of Parliament (MP) for Pusiga on the progress the Ministry has made on the case.

The four-year-old girl was allegedly defiled by a 16-year-old Junior High School (JHS) pupil at Assin Nyamebekyere, near Assin Adadietem, in the absence of the girl’s parents.

Ms Otiko Djaba also stated that the abused girl was initially rushed to Assin Manso clinic but was referred to St Francis Xavier hospital where she was admitted for six days and discharged.

She explained that the Ministry gave some money and food items to the family of the victim for their upkeep.

She said the child was also sent to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital for further medical examination at the request of the Police at Assin Fosu.

Ms Otiko Djaba also announced that the report has been released to the Police to aid in the prosecution.

She stated that the case has been sent to court twice and is scheduled to be heard on March 1, 2018, adding that, the Ministry is still pushing for the suspect to hand himself over to the Police.

Ms Otiko Djaba said she would soon be seeking cabinet’s approval for a policy to make it mandatory for community meetings to be organised on proper parenting.

She explained that there were concerns that the mother of the victim was negligent and as a result the suspect took advantage of the situation to defile the victim.

In his remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Ocquaye charged the Minister to ensure she is “personally” following the case to set an example from the impunity over defilement.

There should be “no private, personal, official or whatever intervention to kill the case or settle it behind closed doors…no priest or chief can intervene,” he said.

The Speaker asked the Minister to brief the House on the progress of the prosecution in two weeks’ time.

Source: Ghana News Agency