In Ashanti Region BECE candidate allegedly ‘gang-raped’ by 5 boys

The victim who is preparing for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) narrated that she attended a wake-keeping on Saturday evening where the suspects connived to raped her.

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The Akropong Magistrate Court has since remanded three boys who are suspected to have raped a 17-year-old girl into police custody.

The victim (name withheld) is a final year student of the Bene Afan International Junior High School at Nerebehi in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region.

The victim who is preparing for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) narrated that she attended a wake-keeping on Saturday evening where the suspects raped her.

In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, she said that she lured by one of the boys. The other suspects held her to the ground and took turns to forcefully have sex with her.

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“After the incident, they threatened and warned me not to mention it to anyone or they will kill me. I really struggled before reaching home on that day. I could not walk properly because I bled profusely from my private parts. Later when I got home, my brother saw me and informed my mother that I was lying at the back of the house. When my mother asked what the problem was I lied to her. I told her I had my period. If I knew my condition would have been this serious, I would have told her the truth.”

This has caused her more pain than she imagined.

“I feel pains in my abdomen and my vagina. I have a severe headache too and I feel so weak since the incident happen. I want the Police to deal with the perpetrators because they have really hurt me. Even the District Mock exams that is mandatory for candidates preparing for the BECE across the country, I have not been able to write because of what they have done to me.”

Meanwhile, the Proprietor of the victim’s school, Kpordzaye Emmanuel Yaw, has said that the school will put in measures to ensure the victim writes her final exams.

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In a related development, the mother of the victim, Patience Opoku says she wants the suspects prosecuted especially after their parents attacked them for reporting the incident to the police.

“When I saw the suspects in court, I felt sad for them. I would have asked for mercy for them, but after they raped my daughter, they came to our house with their relatives and rained insults on us for the reporting the matter to the police. They even damaged the glass window of my brother’s room. So my husband came back and felt our lives were not safe. So I want the law to take its course,” she said.

The ages of the suspects have been given as 19 for the oldest, and 17 for the other four.

The victim is on admission at the Afari Community Hospital.

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