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Approval of child marriages will embolden behaviors like pedophilia, says Paediatric Society

The Paediatric Society of Ghana has condemned the "marriage" ceremony between a 63-year-old Ga priest and a 13-year-old girl

The Paediatric Society of Ghana (PSG) has criticised the Nungua Traditional Council over the recent “marriage” between Gborbu Wulomo of Nungua, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, and a 12-year-old girl.

The move comes after videos and pictures of Saturday’s customary wedding ceremony between the girl and the priest, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, went viral on social media, angering a cross section of Ghanaians.

In a statement on Monday (1 April), the Paediatric Society observed with great distress the discourse on various media platforms on the report of a Child Marriage in Accra.

“The perceived acceptance of child marriages and the open brazen or defence of the practice by influential leaders of the community have the potential to embolden certain deviant behaviours like paedophilia,” the statement said.

Gborbu Wulomo, however, defended himself by stating that the girl would not be expected to fulfill marital duties.

“The PSG strongly condemns any act or perception or facilitation of Child Marriage. On the right to refuse betrothal and marriage. The Children’s Act, 1998 states: No person shall force a child (age less than 18 years) to be betrothed, to be the subject of a dowry transaction or to be married.”

PSG called for strong national commitment by politicians, traditional leaders in curbing child marriage.

“We will support the efforts of government and all partners to protect the best interest of every child everywhere in Ghana. This calls for strong national commitment at the highest level of the political, traditional, health, educational, judicial and media landscape, with unwavering support from our international partners like UNICEF and WHO,” the statement added.

Read the full statement below: 

 

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