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Manasseh Azure Awuni delivered a speech at a symposium organised by the Law Students Union of the University of Ghana Law School as part of the 43rd Law Week Celebration of the Union

Manasseh Azure Awuni Writes on recent Police killings

Manasseh Azure Awuni writes::

This week, the police shot and killed 7 MEN under questionable circumstances. There has not been any outrage apart from the anger and protests by neighbours of the victim. The police officers who did that are free and it doesn’t look like anything good will come out of their so-called investigation.

This same week, a police officer assaulted a woman. There was a nationwide outrage. The police officer was arrested within hours when the video emerged. All who matter in the affairs of the state are involved in order to ensure that she gets justice. Lawyers, politicians, ministers, journalists and other state officials are joining hands to get justice for this woman and compensate her.

Strangely, some people are bold enough to play the feminine card. If we blame the police officer’s stupidity on gender, how do we situate the story of the seven MEN who were killed in Manso Nkwanta? We’re they killed because they were men? Is the nation silent over their murder because they are men? Would the nation have been this quiet if those murdered had been women? Would the nation have been this outraged if the customer assaulted in the banking hall had been a man?

The incidents of this week have shown how this nation takes abuses against women seriously. If our so-called feminists would not appreciate it, the least they could do is to stop making cases where there is none.

The action of the police officer in the bank had nothing to do with with gender. If this woman had been a suit-wearing “I know my right” kind of corporate women who had gone to park a V8 outside the banking hall, the bank officials would have knelt and begged her to leave. The police officer would not have touched her even of she dared him and insulted him. If this had been a well-built woman who told the police officer to keep off, he would have adopted another strategy, fearing he might be disgraced. This police officer might have treated me (a man) the he treated the woman, but he would not dare to touch a macho man in the same circumstance.

This is not about gender. It’s about the bullying of the vulnerable, which is a norm in our society. These vulnerable people include men and women, the poor, the physically disabled and people without formal education who are not rich.

If a woman without a driver’s licence drives a Toyota V8 from Accra to Paga, chances are that the police at the check points will salute her and wave her on. If a man with a valid licence drives an old Toyota Corolla from Accra to Ada, chances are that he will be harassed at police checkpoints. Do you wonder why the police on our roads will stop commercial vehicles and wave private ones on?

We will miss the point if we divert attention from.the main problem to unnecessary feminist agenda. If your rights are abused and you’re an ordinary Ghanaian, chances are that you won’t get justice at the police station. Your gender does not matter. Our nation generally has a mob mentality and since our police officers are not recruited from Spain, we are all vulnerable, whether men or women. Pls Share till it gets to the highest authority.

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