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Opinions of Saturday, 23 December 2017

Columnist: Myjoyonline.com

Ghana Connect: Rape culture in Ghana; myth or reality?

This week, the nation was slapped back to reality regarding the morals decadence of the youth.

Social media went berserk after a viral video of four teenage boys gang-raping a young girl surfaced.

Many people wanted to see the Gender Ministry in action and for the security agencies crack the whip stop change the narrative.

Soon after the news broke, the police responded rather swiftly, arresting three of the suspects.

Ashanti Regional Police PRO, ASP Juliana Obeng, who spoke to Joy News assured the suspects will be arrested. Then the fourth suspect surfaced by reporting himself to the police.

They were soon arraigned before court and remanded in police custody. Not long after that, the story took a religious twist.

Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana Most Rev. Awotwi-Pratthas attributed the increasing cases of rape in the country to failure on the part of parents and the church to educate children morally.

He charged parents to ensure the proper upbringing of children in order to curb this social menace.

With the issues of rape or defilement making a lot of headlines this year, Ghana connect interrogated the rape culture in the country.

On the panel to talk about the issue was Diana Bawa, an activist and a victim of rape. She runs an NGO that offers help to such victims.

Efe Plange and Dr Loise Carol, leading members of the Pepperdem ministries, a gender advocacy group also joined the discussion.

International Photographer and a journalist, Nana Kofi Acquah and Carla Olympio, a corporate lawyer also shared their opinions on the programme.

Also on the panel was lawyer, gender activist and former Gender Minister Nana Oye Lithur, who shared her experiences with the audience.

Listen to the discussion: