Ghanaians arrested in Italy after their child passed away due to circumcision

Ghanaians arrested in Italy after their child passed away due to circumcision

Reports have it that two Ghanaian parents in Italy have been arrested after their 5-month-old boy died after the parents performed a circumcision at their home in Italy.

Peacefmonline.com reports that the baby was sent to a hospital in Bologna as he was struck by cardiac arrest on the night of March, 22, 2019. However, the baby died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Authorities in the northern province of Reggio Emilia have reportedly opened investigations against the Ghanaian parents.

The report held that a similar case, involving a 2-year-old boy, occurred after a failed circumcision at a migrant centre in Rome in December, 2018.

Some 5,000 circumcisions are performed in Italy each year but more than a third are carried out illegally, according to health charity Amsi.

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Ghanaians arrested in Italy after their child passed away in circumcision

Ghanaians arrested in Italy after their child passed away in circumcision. Photo credit: Peacefmonline.com
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In Italy, circumcisions are not carried out at public health institutions despite the population being a majority of Roman Catholics.

However, many of the country's immigrants come from Muslim countries where circumcision is commonplace.

As things stand, the names of the arrested Ghanaians are not known but as at the time of publication on March 25, 2019, information is still trickling in.

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Meanwhile, two women to whom an Accra High Court awarded GHC 100,000 and ruled for their re-admission into the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) have been given back their jobs and paid the monies.

The two, Thelma Hammond and Grace Fosu were dismissed in 2013 and 2014 respectively, for simply getting pregnant.

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