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Otiko Djaba Gender minister condemns defilement of 4-year-old girl

According to her, officials of the Department Social Welfare and Children’s Department have been directed to visit the victim and her family to ascertain the facts about her welfare for necessary action to be taken.

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The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, has in a strongly worded statement condemned the defilement of a four-year old girl in Assin Dadientem in the Central Region.

According to her, officials of the Department Social Welfare and Children’s Department have been directed to visit the victim and her family to ascertain the facts about her welfare for necessary action to be taken.

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She said her Ministry is collaborating with the Ghana Police Service to ensure the perpetrator and all those connected to this criminal act are brought to book.

“To further demonstrate our commitment to the protection of children, our officers of the Domestic Violence Unit and Children’s Department, specifically; Madam Victoria Natsu and Madam Helena Obeng- Asamoah respectively, have condemned the act,” the statement said.

“The defilement of any child is extremely worrying, in 2015 alone DOVVSU recorded 1,180 cases of female defilement and 16 males.”

The statement also noted that “The Ministry wants to assure Ghanaians that we are very sensitive to issues concerning the welfare of the vulnerable in our society and will continue to promote their rights, their wellbeing and development.”

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“We are liaising with other agencies for justice to be carried out for this little girl to serve as a deterrent to such abusers,” it said.

The four-year-old was allegedly defiled by an 18-year old suspect, and is said to have bled for three days, according to her parents.

The mother of the victim, Monica Nyarko had said that she realised what had happened to her daughter when she was bathing her upon her return, but the girl was not willing to as she was in severe pain.

The 4-year-old later told her mother that one Kwabena had inserted his manhood in her in a toilet facility, and had warned her not to speak about it else she would be killed.

The mother said a chief in the area has refused to seek justice for her, as the chief argued that the community gods say the suspect is innocent.

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