GBA condemns flogging of two persons in viral video, directs Committee to offer legal assistance
The GBA indicates that it has directed its Women and Minors Rights Committee to take up the matter by closely monitoring and offering the required legal assistance to the victims.
The Ghana Bar Association has condemned the flogging of two persons, who were tied to poles in the presence of onlookers in a viral video describing same as “humiliating, dehumanizing, demeaning, and degrading and amounts to the violation of their fundamental Human rights specifically Articles 12(2) and 15(1)(2)(a) and (b) of the Constitution 1992, and an attack on their persons.”
There was a viral video on May 31, 2022, in which two persons, a male, and a female were tied to a pole and being flogged in the full glare of the public for allegedly engaging in a sexual act and doing a video recording of the same.
In a statement signed by the National President, Yaw Acheampong Boafo, and National Secretary, Kwame Gyau Baffour, the Association further notes that the flogging of the young persons for allegedly indulging in sexual acts and video recording the same is “antiquated, backward, barbaric, and abominable.”
It is, therefore “calling on the relevant security agencies to arrest all persons involved in the physical abuse of the two young persons, investigate the incident and ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted
Further to the above, the GBA indicates that it has directed its Women and Minors Rights Committee to take up the matter by closely monitoring and offering the required legal assistance to the victims.
It is meanwhile calling on all Ghanaians and persons living in the country to respect the constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms of all persons and desist from taking the law into their own hands knowing that where every individual’s rights end where that of another begins.
Reports indicate that three(3) persons have so far been arrested by the police in connection with this incident.