Crime

2 Ghanaian soldiers allegedly rape woman inside bush after beating her and husband

The Northern Regional Police Command is investigating two military officers following a complaint that one of them raped a woman inside a bush by the road after they physically assaulted her and her husband.

The woman and her spouse were riding through the Northern Command zone when their motorbike experienced a fault, according to JoyNews sources.
The two military officials are said to have approached the couple and physically abused them.

As if that wasn’t awful enough, myjoyonline.com claims that one of the soldiers allegedly pulled the woman into the jungle and forced sex with her on a motorcycle.

While one of the rogue soldiers was dragging the victim into the jungle, the other, known as “Sakitey,” inquired as to where he was bringing her, but that didn’t stop him from rapping her.

Superintendent Bernard Baba Ananga, the Northern Regional Crime Officer, said the command has received a complaint and has written to the Ghana Armed Forces’ regional command requesting the release of the officers involved to help with investigations.

Meanwhile, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu in the Volta region, has set a precedent by removing the payment of fees by sexual assault victims who attend hospitals in his area.

This is his idea, according to the ‘Best Lawmaker Of The Year2021,’ and “the North Tongu District Health Director and the Medical Superintendents of the Battor Catholic Hospital and the Tagadzi Polyclinic are totally on board to implement.”

The MP, who is also the ranking member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, took to his Facebook page on Sunday, May 7, which was Mothers’ Day, to announce that the abolishment took immediate effect.

According to him, the hospitals in his constituency will not be making losses as a result of this initiative, but rather, they “will submit a quarterly report to the District Health Directorate for prompt payment by the North Tongu MP’s office.”

Ablakwa described the current status quo in which already traumatized victims of sexual assault are required to pay fees before being attended to by hospitals as unfair.

“All victims of defilement, rape, and other types of sexual assault will henceforth be treated free of charge,” Ablakwa said in a post commemorating Mother’s Day, adding, “We must all assist protect the dignity of femininity.”

“Victims of sexual crimes have previously been charged between GHS150 and GHS400 to have their police medical papers filled up by physicians.

“These helpless and devastated victims require our united assistance, as well as the elimination of all hurdles to attaining justice by effectively punishing those wicked offenders,” he said.

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