Victim of Bene Afan ‘gang-rape’ referred to KATH

By Maame Aba Afful
Gang-rape: BECE candidate referred to Komfo Anokye
Gang-rape: BECE candidate referred to Komfo Anokye

The 17-year old final year student of the Bene Afan International Junior High School who was allegedly ‘gang-raped’ by five young men at Nerebehi in the Ashanti Region has been referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).

The medical officers at the Afari Community Hospital referred the teenager to KATH for proper treatment.

The referral, according to the medical practitioners, is to enable doctors at the hospital treat and conduct further checks on the victim.

The victim, who is preparing to sit for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), has already missed some papers in the district mock examination conducted by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

Recounting her ordeal, the teenager said she was lured by one of the suspects on a Saturday evening when she attended a wake-keeping ceremony in the area.

According to her, the suspects held her to the ground and took turns to forcefully have sex with her.

She said the suspects threatened to kill her if she mentioned what happened to anyone.

“After the incident, they threatened and warned me not to mention it to anyone or they will kill me. I really struggled before reaching home on that day. I could not walk properly because I bled profusely from my private parts. Later when I got home, my brother saw me and informed my mother that I was lying at the back of the house. When my mother asked what the problem was, I lied to her. I told her I had my period. If I knew my condition would have been this serious, I would have told her the truth,” she narrated.

She complained that the 'gang-rape' has affected her physically, psychologically and academically and called on authorities to deal with the perpetrators.

The ages of the suspects have been given as 19 for the oldest, and 17 for the other four.

Three of the suspects who were earlier remanded by the Akropong Magistrate Court are expected to re-appear on April 18, 2018, however, the remaining two suspects are still on the run.