Sunday, February 15, 2009

RAW SEX...Kumasi women at risk (GRAPHIC NSEMPA, LEAD STORY)

By Kwame Asare Boadu & David Owusu-Antwi, Kumasi

IT has been revealed that the gangs of rapists operating in Kumasi in recent times have been engaging in sex without using condoms.
This posed serious threat to their victims, in view of the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
A police source confirmed in an interview with Graphic Nsempa that many of the cases that were brought before it revealed that the rapists undertook their nefarious activities “raw”.
Investigations by this paper revealed that some of the women, for fear of divorce, refused to disclose their ordeals to their partners.
“My friend told me that two men, including the driver of a taxi she boarded at Nhyiaeso toKejetia at about 7pm on January 8, raped he,r but she was afraid to disclose that to her husband or report to the police because of fear of divorce.”, a lady of about 28 years told this paper spoke to.
The lady added that what was even more serious was that, her friend told her that the rapists did not use condom.
Meanwhile a 22-year-old second year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was gang-raped by three suspected armed robbers. The men also robbed the lady of her two mobile phones and abandoned her at a section of the Mango Road on the university campus. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ashanti Regional Police has begun serious investigations into the case, according to Lance Corporal Godwin A. Ahianyo of the police public affairs unit. He hinted this paper that the only difficulty the police were facing was the victim's failure to keep in memory the made of the car and its registration number. That notwithstanding, he gave the assurance that the police would not rest on laurels until the suspects were arrested. Lance Corporal Ahianyo said at about 6.30p.m. on February 4, this year, the victim boarded the taxi from Ayeduase and was heading fowards Paa Joe, an area on the campus.
There was one person already with the driver in the car.
Instead of taking a straight course to Paa Joe, the driver suddenly diverted towards the secluded Mango Road on campus and picked up another person. After a few minute’s drive, the car stopped and the occupants demanded her mobile phones, which she readily handed over to them but that was not enough for them as they gang-raped her, left her in the dark and escaped.
She managed to make her way to the KNUST Police Station and made a report for investigations to commence in the case. Lance Corporal Ahianyo advised members of the public to, as much as possible, avoid getting on board taxis, especially those that do not have permanent stations. He said his outfit's investigations had shown that most of such robberies were connected with floating taxis.

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