NHIS should cover rape, defilement: MP

Member of Parliament for Assin South, Rev John Ntim Fordjour, is calling on stakeholders to ensure that the medical cost incurred by victims of rape and defilement should be footed by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Rev Fordjour, whose constituency saw the alleged defilement of a four-year-old occur a few weeks ago, in presenting a statement on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, October 31 said: “I call for the state to absorb the cost of medical expenses incurred by victims under the National Health Insurance Scheme.”

The police have arrested the 17-year-old boy who allegedly defiled the girl.

Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Sheila Kesse Abayie Buckman, confirmed the arrest.

The alleged perpetrator was reported to be on the run earlier after the chief of the area declared him innocent because the village deity said so, an allegation the chief has denied.

For Rev Fordjour, “it is high time traditional leaders, family heads and leaders of various houses of faith refrained from obstructing the course of justice in respect of cases related to sexual violence”.

He explained that the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that at least 20 per cent of the world’s women have been physically or sexually abused by men.

“In Ghana, distressing statistics from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service do indicate that a total of 5,752 children were defiled between 2010 and 2014; that is those cases that were reported.

”According to Ghana Living Standards Survey 6 published in 2014, 93 per cent of defilement cases are unreported. Thus the 5,752 reported cases within the period may just represent a tip of the iceberg as many other rape and defilement cases failed to be reported,” he added.

He continued: “As a father, my heart was broken at the incident reported of the defilement on October I6, 2017 at Assin Adadientem in the Central Region.

“I rise to strongly condemn the alleged dastardly act in no uncertain terms. lt grossly violates the fundamental human rights and dignity of this innocent girl. It is detestable that when sheer lust had led to a crime, justice seemed to be suppressed at some point.

“Thankfully, by the joint action of the Ghana Police Service, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the media, Alliance for Women in Media Africa and other concerned advocacy groups, the poor victim is being well protected and catered for, while justice is also being served.”

Source: Ghana/

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