A young man, looking like he was in his late 20s, faced the wrath of passers-by at the Madina Lorry Station when he was suspected of having pickpocketed a lady.
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The victim was confronted after the lady raised an alert about the theft.
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In a video shared on social media by Ghanaian journalist, Sena Quashie, the victim is seen being dragged by some men around as they questioned him.
In the video, the suspected pickpocket tries to explain that he had not stolen from the lady, but the assailants wouldn't be moved as they continued battering the suspect with questions and punches.
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Eventually, the lady who said she was robbed clarified that she had only felt that the guy had picked her.
She explained that the gentleman hadn't stolen from her as a closer search of her bag, revealed all her belongings were safe and intact.
Even after her clarification, the passers-by continued beating the victim, saying he was a indeed a pickpocket who had failed in his attempt to rob the lady. Eventually, the growing mob dissipated and the victim was let go as he is seen in the video, walking away from his attackers.
Instant justice, otherwise known as mob action, is so commonplace in Ghana that our incipient democracy and the rule of law suffocate under its intense pressure.
The act takes many forms and shapes: flogging suspected robbers to death; slashing suspected criminals; stripping suspects naked and beating them with blocks, sticks and iron rods till they die; subjecting suspects to humiliating and degrading treatments and sometimes setting them ablaze. Mob action is gradually assuming a posture of an unquestioned culture of executing instant ‘justice’ without recourse to the court.