Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Otiko Djaba has condemned the mob action and sexual assault of an alleged female thief in the Ashanti Region, charging the police to bring the perpetrators to book.
“I know the police will crack this case if they need to, this is pure CID action,” Ms Djaba said on Monday, February 20 as she called for justice for the victim.
On 17 February, the young lady was stripped naked, beaten, and paraded barefooted on the streets by a marauding crowd of men, who repeatedly pushed her down, forced her legs open for mobile phone pictures and videos to be taken of her vagina, while others violently inserted their toes into her orifice and spanked her buttocks simultaneously in a noisy melee.
Desperate pleas by the fair-skinned alleged lady thief, whose clothes were all torn off except for her red brassiere, did not deter her Twi-speaking accusers from unleashing instant justice on her.
The irate crowd slapped, shoved, pulled and pushed the lady in every direction while groping her private parts.
In a short video that captured the whole incident, the lady is seen falling motionless and unresponsive on the street at a point, but the crowd kept hitting her and forcing her legs open.
Intermittent shouts by one or two men, who pleaded on the lady’s behalf, did not help matters as the crowd kept violently slapping and kicking the alleged thief in the vagina.
Commenting on the matter, Ms Djaba said it was a pure case of “violence against women” which should not be taken lightly.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu has said Ghana’s image across the world has been soiled by the inhumane treatment meted out to the young lady.
Other human rights and gender activists have condemned individuals involved in the incident.