A 15-year-old girl has been rescued by the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) after her parents tried to force her into marriage.
The incident is reported to have taken place at Abirem-Wamasi in the Kwabre East Municipality in the Ashanti region.
Accra-based Citi FM reports that victim was rescued on Sunday when her family was preparing to marry her off to her 40-year-old cousin in Mali.
The teenager is reportedly a final year pupil of the Markaz Islamic Junior High School, and had resisted the forced marriage.
However, her father insisted and went on with plans to ensure the marriage is made official despite his daughter’s opposition.
The father, identified as Abass Abdullah, has since been detained by the police, with investigations currently ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Police has also taken the statement of the victim., while her mother has also been invited for questioning.
Speaking to the media, Ashanti Regional DOVVSU Coordinator, DSP Prince Odom Kwaku Duah, confirmed the story, saying the Police is on the case.
“We had the information that two families were preparing to give out the girl who is 15 years of age…. The laws of the land say that before a girl is given out in marriage, she should be 18 years. Fortunately, we were able to get the girl and arrest her father who is in our custody now and a statement is being taken from him,” he stated.
According to him, there are also plans to arrest the 40-year-old man who intends to marry the teenager, when he arrives from Mali.
“We believe that he is not alone… It is a secret crime and both families are equally guilty and for that matter, they do not want to disclose whatever they want to do. We are told that the man who is coming to marry the lady is on his way from Mali to Ghana so we have set our investigative machinery in place so as soon as he gets into Ghana we’ll get him arrested,” DSP Kwaku Duah added.
He said some NGOs have revealed their readiness to take the victim in when the investigations are finally over.
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