Brohani (B/A), June 19, GNA – The Brong-Ahafo Regional Office of the Centre for National Culture in collaboration with Action Aid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation has intensified its campaign to end forced and early marriages in the Banda District of the Region.
According to Mr Prince Bonnah Maafo, the Officer in-charge of Programme at the CNC, forced and early marriages in the area was gaining alarming proportion and efforts ought to be intensified to control the situation.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sideline of a community campaign at Brohane, Mr Maafo expressed discomfort about high school dropout rates among girls in the area.
The CNC used a drama to sensitized the community on the effects and repercussion early and forced marriages had in the development processes of victims in the campaign which was supported by Action Aid.
Mr Maafo said investigations showed that girls between the ages of 10 and fourteen were the victims. They are sometimes forced and lured by their parents to marry men of about 50 and 60 years.
He said though some of the girls showed interest to enter into such marriages, those who resisted were molested and stigmatized in the communities as the perpetrators of the act revered the practice in the name of tradition.
Mr Maafo said most of the girls given out for marriages were in primary four, five or six.
Mr Muhammed Musah, the Assemblyman of Brohani, said because the practice was regarded as a tradition, it was difficult to bring the situation under control.
He appealed to relevant institutions to step up efforts in helping to curtail the problem as soon as possible.
Mr Musah also appealed to NGOs and other corporate bodies to support and intensify the campaign against the practice.
By Christopher Tetteh, GNA