Takoradi The Women’s Wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the United States (US) has called for swift investigations into the lynching of a 90-year old woman, accused of being a witch, at Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality, Savanna Region.
They condemned the action, describing it as “a grave and an unpardonable violation of human rights”, which must “not be handled with ‘kid’s gloves”.
Madam Barbara Boafo, the Women’s Organizer of the Wing, in a statement to the Ghana News Agency, emphasized that violence against women had no place in this age in Ghana, in particular, and the world in general.
“This irresponsible and inhuman behaviour does not only have negative consequences for women and the youth; but also their families, entire community, and the country at large,” she said.
“The subsequent effects include, but not limited to psychological health issues, and the undermining of the long-term trust by growing children,” she added.
She noted that not enough had been done or put in place to prevent and protect violence against women, with the perpetrators often going unpunished with impudence.
In a disturbing video that has gone viral, the old woman who was the victim, could be heard clearly crying for help and mercy, and refuting allegations that she was a witch.
She was pushed down by a woman and beaten mercilessly, a total display of wickedness by society.
It is unclear what prompted the supposed soothsayer or traditional priestess to accuse the old woman of witchcraft, leading to her lynching but the scenes in the video have largely been described as “barbaric”.
The disturbing video shows younger women, slapping, whipping and hitting the old woman’s head with a heavy object, while other community members cheered them on.
Madam Boafo said the action of the perpetrators was unacceptable and must be condemned with the contempt it deserved.
She, therefore, called on the Government, community leaders, Queen mothers and the Ministry for Women, Children and Gender to work speedily to bring them book.
She also urged stakeholders to promote the formation of small advocacy groups of women in the communities dedicated to strengthening and protecting women’s plight in Ghana.
She extended the heartfelt condolences of the Women’s Wing to the bereaved family and wished them God’s guidance during these difficult times.
Source: Ghana News Agency