Police in the Ashanti Region have picked up three young men believed to have taken part in an alleged gang rape of a teenage girl, a video of which has gone viral on social media.
Many Ghanaians are outraged over the viral video in which five young men, were seen forcibly having sex with the teenager.The video has been circulating on social media for close to 24 hours with the young men taking turns to rape the teenager.
The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ashanti Regional Police Command has invited the 18-year old victim to assist in investigations.
Citi News sources say the victim is currently at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital undergoing medical examination. The incident occurred at Bantama in Kumasi.
Speaking to Citi News, Assembly Member for the Bantama Electoral area, Kwame Ofori, asked the Police to bring the culprits to book in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
“It is true that the incident occurred, and as the Assembly man, I urge various stakeholders not to take this issue lightly. I am very shocked by this incident because I never thought it could happen. I am following up on this case keenly. I urge the Police Service to take up this matter and thoroughly investigate it. The punishment handed out to the culprits should serve as a deterrent to others.”
Police investigates ‘gang rape’ video, cautions against circulation
The Police say they are on a manhunt to arrest other members of the gang, while investigation into the incident continues.
The National Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, indicated in a statement that, it had taken a “serious view” of the incident, and has constituted a special investigative team to look into the matter, and identify the suspects for the necessary legal actions.
The statement also asked various media houses and those in possession of the video to “stop circulating it since it is an offence to circulate such obscene materials.”
“Anybody with any relevant information should personally report to the Cyber Crime Unit of the CID Headquarters for further action,” it added.