Monday, September 10, 2007
Domestic violence cases on the increase
Story: MOSES DOTSEY AKLORBOTU, Washington D.C.
THE Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) has stated that domestic violence cases reported at the unit have increased this year.
It said a critical analysis of the previous year’s data for this year, showed an increase and explained that while the first quarter of the year had 729 cases, the second quarter recorded 864 cases.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of DOVVSU, Inspector Irene Oppong, said for instance, in the first quarter of 2007 there were 94 defilement, 504 assault, 28 rape and 38 abduction cases, among others, while the second quarter had 104 defilement, 579 assault, 41 rape and 39 abduction cases.
“Investigations have revealed that more children are abused while a greater number of women are assaulted. This is mainly wife battery”, it said, and indicated that the main cause of the offences were mothers demanding moneys from fathers to cater for the children, and when men were not in the position to meet these demands, they beat their wives.
Women, who could not stand the attitude of such men, it said, abandoned their babies, some of whom were as young as three months, for the men to take care of.
The unit, the statement said, therefore, wished to draw the attention of all sections of the society to the acts mentioned, and indicated “this is where men or women who beat their spouses will be charged for assault under Section 84 of the Criminal Code Act 29/60. Women who abandon their babies will also be charged” for exposing them to harm.
It said all cases should be reported immediately they occurred for the police to take the necessary action and urged the public to call 021-687744 if they wanted any information.
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