The Law And Witchcraft

The Law And Witchcraft The Law And Witchcraft

In the last couple of weeks, the savannah region, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. First was the beaten to death of Madam Akua Mariama Denteh, at Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region.

Madam Akua Denteh, 90, was accused of witchcraft and was lynched in the full glare of the community.

Just two days ago, a 60-year-old woman, Madam Meri Ibrahim from Sumpini in the West Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region, sustained several degrees of injuries after a mob attacked her with cutlasses and other objects leading to deep cuts and lacerations on her face and upper limbs, with her middle left finger cut off.

Madam Meri and other women in the Sumpini community are alleged to have bewitched a gentleman leading to her brutal ordeal on Sunday August 29, 2020.

Her crime was the same as Madam Akua Denteh and many others, whose stories have not been told; she is a witch.

The rate at which alleged witches are being slain in that particular part of the country, must give every right thinking Ghanaian real cause for concern.

In his closing remarks to end the second meeting of the fourth session of the seventh Parliament, the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, hinted of the intention to pass a law to help protect people accused of witchcraft.

According to him, the highlights of the proposed Witchcraft Bill include the prohibition or professional witchcraft or wizardry, prohibition against the accusation of witchcraft, participation in the declaration of a person as a witch or wizard and penalty against chief or headman encouraging witchcraft.

Witchcraft-related beliefs and practices have resulted in serious violations of human rights, including beatings, banishment, cutting of body parts, and amputation of limbs, torture and murder around the world.

In the opinion of this newspaper, the country is not seemingly proactive enough in whatever arrangements towards nipping in the bud any situation that leads to senseless murder of innocent women.

A clear example is yet to be set to serve as a deterrent for individuals, who will also take the law into their hands and exact justice in a cruel manner. Until that is done, this wheel will continue turning.