Girl released by kidnappers for going ‘red’

A 15-year-old girl was saved from being used for rituals by unknown assailants, who kidnapped her in the Wassa Amenfi East District of the Western Region because she was in her menstrual period.

The mother of the victim, Madam Esther Ankomah, said the daughter was kidnapped by unknown people at about 5pm on May 9, at Wassa Akropong, while on her way to choir practice.

Madam Ankomah said the girl told her that the kidnappers took her to an unknown location and when they were undressing her for the rituals, they noticed that she was in her menstrual period.

The fetish priest then told them she was not suitable for the rituals because of her condition and as such was released.

The kidnappers blinded-folded her with a black handkerchief and left her at a nearby school at Wassa Akropong on May 10, and used her phone to call the parents to come for her.

The District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Isaac Kumnipa, who confirmed the incident to journalists, said the victim’s mother reported the case to the police on that fateful day, but they received information about the girl’s release the next day.

ASP Kumnipa said the police gave the girl’s parents medical forms for the girl to attend hospital for medical examination, but she declined.

“We cannot compel her to go to hospital because that’s her right, therefore the police cannot ascertain the truth of the reported kidnap,” .he stated.

ASP Kumnipa, however, advised the public to be vigilant, especially when approached by strangers for assistance.


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