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Menstruation saves girl from ritual killing

A 15–year-old girl who was kidnapped for rituals in the Wassa Amenfi East District of the Western region was saved after the unknown assailants detected that the girl was in her menstruation period.

The mother of the victim, Madam Esther Ankomah, told the media on Friday that her daughter was kidnapped by some unknown people last Monday, May 9, at Wassa Akropong around 5:00pm when she was attending a choir meeting.

She said the daughter told her after she was rescued that the kidnappers took her to an unknown location, however, when the assailants were undressing her, they noticed that she was in her menstrual period, therefore, the fetish priest told them she was not suitable for the rituals because of her condition and ordered her to be sent back.

However, to avoid the Police from tracking them, she said the kidnappers blind-folded her with a black handkerchief and left her at a nearby school at Wassa Akropong on Tuesday, May 10 and called her parents to come for her using the victim’s phone.

The District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Isaac Kumnipa, stated that although the victim’s mother reported that her daughter was missing on that fateful day, they received information about the victim’s discovery the next day.

He said the Police gave the victim’s parents medical forms to attend hospital for medical examination but the girl declined to go.

“In this case, we cannot compel her to go to hospital because that’s her human rights, therefore the Police cannot ascertain the truth in the reported kidnap,” he stated.

ASP Kumnipa, however, advised Ghanaians to be vigilant, especially when approached by strangers for assistance since they cannot easily verify their intentions.

Source: GNA

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