March 2, 2018

The defilement of a four-year old girl which occurred in Assin Nyamebekyere near Assin Adadietem would be head in court in the Central Region today a case that has been to court twice already.

According to the Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba on the 13th of October 2017, mother of the victim negligently left her at home for a funeral at the care of a six year old. The father had also gone to the farm, and in the absence of  the victims parents a 16 year old JHS pupil was alleged to have defiled the 4 years old girl.

Mr. Speaker the victim was rushed to Assin Manso clinic, but was referred to St. Frances Xavier Hospital at Assin Fosu where she was admitted for six days and discharged. John Ntim Fordjour MP for Assin South paid for the bills, the Minister said.

The Minister was responding to a question on the floor of the House when the Pusiga legislature Laadi Ayii Ayamba wanted to know if the Minister was aware of the rape of the 4 year old and steps taken by the Ministry to assist with medical treatment and what is being done for the victim to get justice.

The Minister told the House during her visit, she met with the family of the alleged perpetrator to convince them produce the boy to the police since he was in hiding. As the Ministry also arranged for the victim and her mother to be sent to a temporary care shelter for protection.

She further revealed to the House that the girls condition, “she is doing well”, and added that through the effort of the Assin South MP, the family of the victim has been moved to a safer environment.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/