said girls in schools, who were raped by colleagues and teachers, were
sometimes punished further by being sacked from school when they get pregnant,
whilst their male counterparts stayed on in school or at work.
Minkah-Premo made this observation in a document mailed to the Ghana News
Agency on The state of gender based violence response in Ghana that
highlights on violence against women in the public sphere and assesses how far
laws and policies in place have helped to curb or address the acts of violence
said victims of rape in schools got so traumatized that they were not in a
position to lodge complaints against perpetrators to ensure they were
prosecuted under the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) and punished.
Minkah-Premo expressed worry that rape victims were rather often blamed and
further observed that when girls were raped and got pregnant, which qualified
them for legal abortion in accordance with section 58 of the Criminal Offences
Act, they were denied access to needed health care in government hospitals
forcing them to resort to quacks, unsafe and illegal means leading to loss of
life in many instances.
bemoaned the situation where healthcare regulators looked on unconcerned as
unqualified persons undertook abortions in unauthorized facilities with
impunity, saying: when some go out of their way to fish them out, like Anaas
did recently, little is done to punish or take them out of the system.
pointed out that those medical personnel in government hospitals would usually
like to profit from the predicament of such girls and therefore decline
services at medical facilities.
Minkah-Premo noted that there was the need to protect girls from such violence
and steps taken to punish perpetrators.
therefore, urged the Ministry of Health to take urgent action on such matters
and to put a policy in place to address it.
proposed that the old legislation covering private hospitals namely Private
Hospital and Maternity Homes Ordinance, 1958 (No. 9) to be reviewed and
enforced to protect vulnerable girls and women.
Minkah-Premo also called on the Ministry of Education to review policies in
place on matter of sexual harassment in schools to effectively protect girls
from violence and to assist them to lodge complaints with the Police when they
report such cases to school authorities, adding: Their right to education
should not be affected by such occurrences.