he Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has issued a statement condemning the alleged assault on a toddler.
This comes about after a horrifying video went viral on social media in which a male adult is seen subjecting an infant to severe beatings under a tree.
In the video, a man who is assumed to be the father of the little girl is seen subjecting the baby to physical abuse by beating her mercilessly with the branch of a tree. And people were seated unconcerned about what was happening.
The full statement reads:
“The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection’s attention has been drawn to a horrifying video of the alleged molestation and manhandling of a toddler by an unidentified man circulating on social media.
The (1 minute, 19 seconds) video portrays a man severely molesting and beating a toddler under a tree.
The Ministry on behalf of the Government strongly condemns this cruel, inhumane and barbaric act meted out to the child.
The act which has been portrayed in the video is against the Children’s Act 1998 as well as the Criminal code of Ghana. The Act explicitly states that A person shall not subject a child to torture or any other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment including a cultural practice which dehumanizes or is injurious to the physical and mental well-being of a child. This is a clear violation of the law which is punishable.
We commend the Ghana Police Service and Child Rights International (CRI) for launching a manhunt for the suspect in the matter and also staking a reward claim to any individual who will be able to provide information that leads to the arrest of the individual and rescues of the child.
The Ministry, therefore, appeals to the general public to support the Police with any information that will aid in the arrest of the man.
We finally urge citizens to be vigilant and continue to report individuals who engage in this unlawful act. Parents and Guardians are advised to correct their children with love and care when they make mistakes but not in a violent manner.
The General Public can reach the ministry’s Helpline of Hope Call Centre on its toll-free number on (0800-800-800 or 0800-900-900) for complaints and enquiries. Also, issues of sexual and gender-based violence can be reported to the Domestic Violence Call Centre via the toll-free number 0800-111-222.”