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Banda Traditional Council bans FGM

By
Christopher Tetteh, GNA

Banda ( B/A), June
30, GNA – The Banda Traditional Council has passed a law to ban Female Genital
Mutilation (FGM) and other outmoded, harmful, traditional, cultural and
customary practices in the area.

Mr. Kwabena Badu,
the Council’s Secretary told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview on
behalf of Okokyeredom Kwadwo Sito I, the paramount chief of the area on
Thursday at Banda-Ahenkro in the Banda District of Brong-Ahafo Region.

Mr. Badu said the
FGM, early child marriage and cruel widowhood rites were harming and killing
their female adolescents and women in diverse ways.

He said the Council
and stakeholders like the District Assembly, the District Security Council,
family heads and other opinion leaders collaborated to pass “a documented
bye-law to deal with offenders”.

Kyeame Maristo, the
chief linguist of the traditional area also confirmed the new law and added
that any offender would be sanctioned together with the sub-chief of his/her
community.

“Caution notice have
been served to all sub-chiefs, community leaders and religious groups in the
District in that regard,” he emphasised.

“A minimum fine of
GH¢ 1,000.00, a cow and two sheep are the least punishment to any perpetrator,”
the chief linguist said, adding that any sanction beyond that  would be decided by the Council based on the
level or seriousness of the offence.

Kyeame Maristo said
that education and monitoring was on-going to create the necessary awareness
and attention among the people in their communities to adhere to the bye-law.

He urged religious
leaders, traditional authorities, family heads and corporate bodies in the
region and the entire country to assist in advocating the need to end those
diabolical practices nationwide.

GNA

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