IGP; The ‘Witch’ Has A Name

The Inspector General of Police The Inspector General of Police

Outcries, and criticism, have trailed the gruesome murder of Madam Akua Denteh, a frail 90-year-old woman, accused of practicing witchcraft.

Madam Akua Denteh, was last Thursday beaten to death at Kafaba, a farming community in the Salaga South Constituency by some local residents who accused her being a witch and the source of certain strange happenings in the area including the slow pace of the town's development.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), in a statement to condemn the barbaric act and announce the dispatch of Homicide experts to hunt for the murderers' addressed the slain woman as a 'witch'.

As a newspaper, we take exception to the heading of the statement captioned "IGP Dispatches Homicide Experts To Hunt For "Witch" Murderers".

Madam Akua Denteh, has been badly treated by people she identified with, until her gruesome murder, the country, she called her own, should not also disappoint her.

This unfortunate act, should not be added to the long list of unresolved murders that, continue to be a dent on us as a people.

Madam Akua Denteh, no matter her crime deserved to be put before the law court, no explanation can justify what befell her.

Over the years, we have equated old age with witchcraft, when in other jurisdiction that is seen as wisdom. A young man or young lady today, will be an old lady or old man tomorrow.

As a newspaper, we are appalled by the rising cases of unwarranted attacks against women, resulting in sometimes death, as we have seen in a video that went viral last week.

The dehumanizing behavior must stop. We live in a modern world, where old ways of thinking, must necessarily give way to new line of thinking.

Severe punishment in our view, should be meted out to perpetrators of this heinous crime to serve as a deterrent and boost confidence of the people in the security services, the judiciary and the government. We cannot continue to live like jungle's weird beings.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com