Regional News of 2014-03-04

Mad women in Sekondi-Takoradi getting pregnant

The Sekondi-Takoradi Director of the Social Welfare Department, Madam Deborah Daisey Kwabia, has expressed disgust at the action by some unidentified men impregnating mentally retarded women in the metropolis.

She said the department had recorded three cases of pregnant mad women in the metropolis this year and her outfit was providing safety abode for them to deliver peacefully.

Madam Kwabia told the media in Takoradi on Wednesday that it was a worrying situation because the department had to use its scarce resources to cater for such disadvantaged persons before and after their delivery.

GNA investigations revealed that some unscrupulous men allegedly had sexual intercourse with the mad women for spiritual purposes or “juju” in order to increase their fortunes.

Some residents told the GNA that some men lured the mad women to isolated and dark places at night and engaged them in several bouts of sex.

Under the laws of Ghana, it is illegal for anyone to have sex with an “idiot or imbecile” whether consensual or not.

The laws say that a person who has canal knowledge of an idiot or an imbecile or a mental patient under the care of a mental hospital whether with or without the consent of that person, will be held liable.

Meanwhile, a three-month old baby has been abandoned at a refuse dump at Kojokrom near Takoradi on February 16.

A Good Samaritan found the baby and took him to the Sekondi Police Station and was subsequently sent to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital but died two days later.

Source: GNA
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