Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has strongly condemned the degrading ordeal suffered by three female students who were reportedly caught shoplifting from a clothing store at the Accra Shopping Mall.
A statement released from his office stated that “while we must not condone any form of wrongdoing, I find it outrageous that these young Ghanaians were subjected to such humiliating abuse and in the full glare of the general public.”
He noted that the act “brings into serious question the shop’s policy on handling shoplifting. Of particular concern is the apparent condoning behaviour of the shop manager and security on duty.”
The ex-President described the act as “dehumanizing treatment of our people is backward, primitive and defeats our efforts at restoring the moral fiber of society.
He welcomed the decision of the police to investigate this matter and urged that the perpetrators of this uncivilized behaviour must also be brought to book.”