The case involving a four year old girl who was allegedly defiled at Assin Adadientem in the Central Region, has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Department for advice.
The Central Region Police Command had taken over investigations into the case, following a directive from the Inspector General of Police.The Police Service in a tweet on Friday, indicated that, the case had been duly investigated by the Central Police Command, and that the “case docket had been forwarded by the Police to the Attorney General’s Department for study and advice.”
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.
Medical reports proving otherwise
But according to Accra-based Joy FM, a medical report from a doctor at the St. Francis Xavier hospital at Assin Fosu into the alleged defilement, found the victim’s hymen intact, with no evidence of bleeding.
A police clinical psychologist, Dr. Bernard Brew, who conducted the examination put the girl on anti-biotics and directed her parents to report to the police.
The chief in the area was reported to have declared the suspect innocent after a ruling from the gods, and was accused of impeding investigations into the incident.
This case of abuse sparked outrage among the public, and prompted campaigns in support of the alleged victim from some individuals.
Leave defilement cases to Police – Otiko to Chiefs
In the wake of the incident, the Minister of Gender and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, asked traditional leaders to desist from arbitrating criminal matters, including the case involving the 4-year old.
Madam Otiko, in a statement sympathizing with the four-year-old victim, stressed that the Police must have first say in these matters.
“We acknowledge the role of our traditional and opinion leaders; however, we would like to advise them not to arbitrate on such criminal matters. Defilement is a criminal offence and all such acts should first be reported to the Police.”
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana