All the perpetrators who manhandled a young lady who was accused of stealing GHS1,100 at Kejetia, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, will be identified and dealt with accordingly, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, has assured.
According to him, police have access to the video of the assault showing the faces of the perpetrators who will be identified and be made to face the full rigours of the law.
On February 14, the lady suspect was stripped naked, beaten, and paraded barefooted on the streets of Kejetia by a marauding crowd of men, who repeatedly pushed her down, forced her legs open for mobile phone pictures and videos to be taken of her vagina, while others violently inserted their toes into her orifice and spanked her buttocks simultaneously in a noisy melee.
Desperate pleas by the fair-skinned alleged lady thief, whose clothes were all torn off except for her red brassiere, did not deter her Twi-speaking accusers from unleashing instant justice on her.
The irate crowd slapped, shoved, pulled and pushed the lady in every direction while groping her private parts.
In a short video that captured the whole incident, the lady is seen falling motionless and unresponsive on the street at a point, but the crowd kept hitting her and forcing her legs open.
Intermittent shouts by one or two men, who pleaded on the lady’s behalf, did not help matters as the crowd kept violently slapping and kicking the alleged thief in the vagina.
Condemning the act in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom, on Accra100.5FM on Monday, 20 February, Supt Arthur said: “This is wrong, and, so, the police in the region will take the matter up and bring the perpetrators to book. The police will use cameras or the video to fight this crime.”
“Those involved will be identified and accordingly arrested to face the full rigours of the law. This is barbaric, and, so, the people will be arrested.”
He further cautioned the general public to desist from mob action, since it could harm innocent persons.