Child Rights International (CRI) has announced a GH¢10,000 reward claim to any individual who will provide details that will lead to the location of some adults captured in a video abusing a child.
This announcement, made through the Office of Executive Director Bright Appiah, follows a GH¢2,000 stake announced by the Ghana Police Service on Tuesday, October 4.
In the video, which has since gone viral, an adult male is seen whipping a child of about 2 years with tree branches. The one capturing the action is presumed to be another adult while there was someone seated in the compound of the house, where the scene takes place.
In a statement on Tuesday, the police said: “Efforts are underway to track down the individual involved, have him arrested and rescue the child.
“In view of the urgency associated with the matter, a reward of GH¢2000 has been set aside for anyone who is able to provide credible information that could lead to the arrest of the individual and rescue the child.”
It is out of this generous offer by the Ghana Police Service, that CRI also made its intervention.
“First of all, we would like to highly commend and applaud the swift response of the Ghana Police Service in trying to trace the whereabouts of the man recorded in the video,” a statement issued on Tuesday said.
“In support of the Ghana Police Service’s effort to locate the individual, Child Rights International, through the office of the Executive Director, is publicly staking a reward claim of TEN THOUSAND GHANA CEDIS (GHS 10,000) to any individual who will be able to provide details that will lead to the location of the individual in question, the person that recorded the video and the individual seated watching the scene unfold.”
It, however, indicated that the reward will be provided after the claims have been substantiated and verified by the police or the Social Welfare Department as true.
But it expressed concerns that such phenomenon is not absent in the Ghanaian society.
“Numerous children across the country face such abuse daily.
“This video is a clear indication of a dent in child protection efforts in the country and must be tackled with all seriousness and perpetrators of such acts must face the full rigor of the law.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana