- The Alliance for Women in the Media Africa (AWMA) has condemned an alleged assault on a lady Portia Asantewa Duah
- AWMA is demanding a “public apology” from Kona’s management and prosecution of the bouncer [attacker]
The Alliance for Women in the Media (AWMA) has issued a strong statement condemning the alleged unwarranted assault on a lady by a bouncer at the Kona Bar and Grill in Osu, Accra.
On Friday, August 18, news emerged that a lady, identified as Portia Asantewaa Duah, had been physically assaulted by a bouncer of the said pub without any provocation.
Per the victim’s account, as quoted in the Alliance for Women in Media’s release, she visited the Kona Bar and Grill on Friday with a group of friends to have a drink. After enjoying the drink, they decided to wait a while on their table as they chatted.
According to her, a bouncer of the bar – name given as just BB – approached them and demanded they leave the place, claiming they had not bought any drinks and were just “occupying space”.
She narrated that several attempts by she and her friends to explain the issue to the bouncer fell on deaf ears, adding that the bouncer slapped her twice in the face after she labeled his treatment of them “embarrassing”.
She continued that she reported the incident to the manager of the bar but he failed to take any action, rather telling them to just “let it go”.
The victim then helplessly went for treatment on her own, following the bruises she had from the bouncer’s slaps.
The sad development has drawn the attention of the Alliance for Women in the Media, who have issued a strong statement in support of the victim, while demanding that the bouncer be charged.
In a statement signed by Shamima Muslim Alhassan, Convener of AWMA, the organisation condemned the alleged violence outright, calling on the management of Kona Bar and Grill to issue a public apology and alsoto issue a policy for dealing with violence in their workplace.
The AWMA also wants the manager of the bar to be sanctioned for his unacceptable response, while also demanding that the case “be treated as a matter of criminal assault”.
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