Hon Felicia Adjei, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kintampo South constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region has called on the Judiciary to revisit all laws on sexual offences, especially defilement, rape and other domestic violence, to address the seriousness they bear.
The MP also urged authorities of the Ghana police services to investigate and prosecute case of sexual abuses, violation and violence in line with provision of extant laws of the country.
Hon Felicia Adjei made the call at a press briefing at parliament in Accra last Friday.
The press briefing was in connection with the alleged defilement on a four year old girl at Assin South District in the Central Region.
This, the Kintampo South lawmaker said that the frightening increase in sexual violence cases, particularly defilement and rape where more than half of the victims were minors and children below the age of consent.
“I think there is urgent need to investigate alarming rate of defilement, rape and all sort of sexual assault against women, children and vulnerable people across the country,” she stated.
She lamented that what was more worrying was the fact that in most of the cases, the perpetrators were usually familiar neighbours, employers /employees and close family members, stressing the activities of these sexual predators constitute a serious security threat to the larger segment of our society and are severely under-reported.
Hon Felicia Adjei noted that, the rising cases of defilement which are spreading across the country, with the victims being toddlers and young ladies, especially in the villages remained worrisome and blamed most of them on poor prosecution and conviction.
It has been reported that, over 1,400 cases of domestic violence, ranging from rape, child abuse, sexual abuse, assaults, defilement, to matrimonial issues were recorded in a year at Assin Fosu alone.
This, the MP who is a member of Gender and Children Sub-Committee of parliament said it was about time the disturbing trend was curbed, and stressed that it portrayed the country in a bad light.
She called for full implementation of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit Act, as well as other relevant sexual offences laws to combat the crime.
Sounding very passionate on the issue, Ms Felicia said that it was high time the judiciary, the law enforcement agencies and other relevant stakeholders took the issue of defilement, rape, other sexual offences and domestic violence seriously to serve as deterrent.
“You all heard a four year old child has been defiled badly, the Minister of Gender , Children and Social Protection is taking up the matter, but I think we all condemn it, this is so barbaric and I cannot imaging how I will take it if it was my child. Today is someone child, tomorrow it could be your own child and if we all kept quit, these people, I will describe as animals will continue to do these things, so we all have to act, the laws must work and work now, ” she stated.
While calling on the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary to act, the Kintampo Legislator said it was expedient for every Ghanaian, especially parliamentarians and the Media, to wade into the matter in view of its seriousness.
She reiterated the need for the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies to diligently carry out their duties in order to build the confidence reposed in them.
The MP decried the situation where rape victims who were meant to get justice were subjected to more traumatic torture by members of the public, saying that it was unacceptable.
Nonetheless, she said the society must take lead to protect victims and called for the strengthening of extant laws to check the crime, which affected mostly women and children.
“We as people have lost our sense of humanity and we have allowed our animalistic tendency to take a better part of us.
“We now live in a society where morals are no longer taught. Some weeks ago I saw on social media where some people were caught molesting a young lady on the street. This shows the level of degeneration in our society. We need to go back to history and regenerate our moral values and our religious leaders have a duty in that respect,’’ she opined.
She promised to take an advocacy and campaign in her constituency to educate the youth and parents about the effects of these domestic offences.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba