The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba has justified her statement saying her caution was one any mother will give to her daughter.
She justified her statement saying her caution was one any mother will give to her daughter.
“It was a strong advice from a mother to her children. I wasn’t in anyway encouraging rape with my comments. I have daughters and if they dress in a certain way and they are going out, I call them and ask them to change it or wear another clothing over what they are already wearing.”
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She added in an interview with Accra-based Kasapa FM that “any good parent will say what I said. In this world, there’s no right without responsibility. When I talk to young girls about their rights it’s in order, when I talk to them about their rights it’s also in order. This is a democracy but the best interest of the girls must be ensured at all times and we shall always work towards that.”
The Minister while addressing students of the Krobo Girls Presbyterian Senior High School in the Eastern region, admonished them to be cautious of what they wear since their choice of dressing can cause them to be raped.
“In conclusion, I want to say to you, be bold, be confident, be respectful. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but knows that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you. You must be responsible for the choices you make,” she said.
Many people have condemned her comments saying that she is encouraging potential rapists to continue abusing women.
But Otiko justified her comments saying that any parent will give such an advice to their children as a way of helping prevent rape.