A 34-year-old married woman has been stripped and assaulted by her kinsmen for allegedly insulting their chief.
The victim, Adom Anastasia, a trader and native of Likpe Abrani (in Ghana), is alleged to have accused Nana Borkeh Akototsey V of licking her private part.
The Volta regional police command has made some arrests and waiting to prosecute them.
On September, 24, 2012, Anastasia was invited by Tsiame Kumah and Tsiame David Mensah at Hunnor to appear before the Mankrado, Togbe Pius Clemefi, the next day, September 25, over alleged abuse of Nana Borkeh Akotosey.
By 8am that day, the two Tsiames escorted her to the house of the Mankrado where over 200 community members were gathered. Click to continue.
She was compelled to kneel before the council.
The Mankrado said Nicholas Borkeh and Mary Afenyo at Mawuse had reported that she had abused the chief by saying the distinguished chief had licked her vagina.
She denied the allegation. After listening to the witnesses, the Mankrado, in consultation with the elders, found her guilty and ordered her to be banished from the town.
The Mankrado also ordered that Anastasia, who has been married for nine years and a native of the area, be stripped unclad by the crowd at the arbitration before being banished.
The crowd complied, and apart from stripping her unclad, they beat her up while others took advantage of the situation to insert their fingers into her private parts and s*xually assaulted her.
They ordered her to march through the town unclad while people took photographs of her and mocked her.
She was also ordered to leave the town at 6pm that day in her uncladness.
The crowd proceeded to her grocery shop to vandalize and loot it.
Anastasia Adom said that not even her tears and pleas to the crowd stopped them from subjecting her to that treatment.
She noted that she was shocked that her fellow females were part of the torture team.
She had to use a bush route to her husband who was working in another village.
She and her husband later reported the case to the police who made some arrests while others escaped.
Although 18 suspects have so far been identified, nine persons including the two Tsiames and a female have been arrested to be arraigned soon.
The Mankrado is said to be indisposed.
The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Alex Bedie, who narrated the incident, condemned the actions of the offenders and noted that all others involved would be arrested and made to face the law depending on the outcome of their investigations. He said they were likely to be charged with indecent assault, causing damage and stealing.
He also cautioned chiefs to also ensure that in exercising their customs and laws they should ensure that it tallied with the constitution of Ghana.