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    Defilement of 4-yr-old: Do your job – Oye Lithur to Police

    The Ghana Police Service must sit up and do its job by investigating and arresting the suspect who allegedly defiled a four-year-old girl at Assin Adadientem in the Central Region, former Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur has said.

    “We are just asking the police: do your job,” she said on Thursday, 266 October, adding: “The police have a job to do and now the whole of the country is looking up to them, they are being criticised, so, the earlier they sat up to investigate effectively and efficiently the better.”

    The alleged perpetrator is on the run after the chief of the town declared him innocent. The chief says action cannot be taken against the accused because the community deity says the suspect is innocent.

    Mrs Oye Lithur, however, told Kojo Yankson on Accra-based Joy FM that the Regional Police Command “should take charge and ensure that the District Commanding Officer together with his officers do their job; it’s as simple as that, so, they cannot give excuses; if before they were being lackadaisical about it now they – the IGP, the Regional Commander – should know that eyes are watching them, we are all speaking against them and their credibility, their integrity is at stake and they better just go, investigate and do their job.”

    On the same programme, gender activist Angela Dwamena-Aboagye said such defilements have become endemic in Ghana.

    “…It will keep going on, defilement is endemic in this country, sexual assault is endemic, marital violence is endemic, we pretend we don’t know it is going on but it’s all over the place, there is enough research material from all manner of institutions to show that in this country, these things are endemic,” she observed.

    Reacting to the same issue on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Thursday, 26 October, 2017, Helena Obeng Asamoah, the Acting Director at the Department of Childhood at the Gender Ministry, called for the arrest of the perpetrator.

    “That is very bad and sometimes in the community they try to protect the offender and then the child suffers. It is seriously wrong to leave the offender and the let the child suffer, so I think the police have to arrest him…the child doesn’t have to suffer for the man to be set free,” she stated.

    There is pressure on the Gender Ministry to seek justice for the little girl who is currently receiving treatment at the St Francis-Xavier Hospital in Assin Fosu.

    Meanwhile, reports from a local journalist suggest defilement is rampant in the Assin Fosu municipality.

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