Child maintenance not preserve of men

From Michael Boateng, Sunyani

The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), ASP Satina Aboagye, has reminded the public that child maintenance is not a duty only for men, but women as well.

She said many women had defaulted in providing proper care for their children, but because the men usually feel shy to report, the public does not hear of such cases.

ASP Aboagye was addressing a press conference organised by the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on violence against women and children in the Brong-Ahafo Region on Friday November 5.

The deputy DOVVSU Coordinator expressed concern about rape and defilement cases that are not reported because of the stigma attached to them.

He however, pointed out that DOVVSU was working closely with the Department of Children and the Ghana Education Service (GES), to encourage people to report such cases to the unit.

ASP Aboagye noted that DOVVSU recorded 1,028 cases in 2009, with non-maintenance leading the pack with 708 cases. 91 cases of assault were also recorded during the period, followed by sodomy with 30 cases.

She said 282 cases of non-maintenance were recorded during the first quarter of 2010, while assault recorded 44 cases within the same period.

She encouraged men to report any form of violence against them to the unit for redress.

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the Department of Children, Mr. Hammond Oppong Kwarteng, was worried about the number of child abuse cases which were swept under the carpet, because of the lack of understanding of issues affecting children.

He noted that though the department had no power to arrest people who abuse children, it was collaborating with stakeholders to ensure that the rights of children are adequately protected.

Mr. Oppong Kwarteng said the Department of Children was collaborating with the Ghana education service (GES) in addressing most cases affecting the children.
The Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), Mr. Peter Subab, noted that because children are the country’s future leaders, his outfit would do the best it could to ensure the rights of children are adequately protected.

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