Police urged to investigate flogging of ‘Wa Lovers’

Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT)
Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT)

The Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) has added its voice to calls for the police to investigate and prosecute persons involved in flogging the two young people whose sex video has allegedly been leaked.

A statement issued in Accra and signed by Akosua Darkwah, the Convenor for NETRIGHT, described the action by the perpetrators as “barbaric”, a gross violation of the human rights of the persons involved and an infringement on their rights to dignity.

The statement said a report indicated that the two young persons whose sex video had been leaked on social media had been “picked up by some residents and flogged publicly in Wa.”

It said, “according to the article the two were paraded at the forecourt of the Wa Naa’s palace and lashed by a group.”

The statement said Ghana was a democratic State by the 1992 Constitution, which superseded religious and traditional laws, including customs and practices.

The statement said the shameful act of the group in Wa violates Article 15 (1) and (2)(a) of the 1992 Constitution, which stated categorically that: “The dignity of persons shall be inviolable” and that: “No person shall be subjected to torture or other cruel and degrading treatment or punishment.”

It, therefore, demanded that the perpetrators of the scandalous act be made to face the full rigors of the law.

The statement said it was important for every Ghanaian to ensure that they in no way condoned barbaric acts.

It said the perpetrators in the case must be punished to serve as a deterrent that no individual or group of persons in Ghana had the right to inflict punishment on others without recourse to the law and in accordance with the respect of the human rights of every Ghanaian enshrined in the Constitution.

The statement said the perpetrators of the horrible crime and any accomplice that abetted the criminal and unconstitutional act, no matter their status in the community, be brought to justice.

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