An 18 year old girl is in emotional pain after her father allegedly engaged her in sexual encounters for many years, impregnating her in the process.
The girl, whose name has been withheld to protect her identity told Joy News’ Beatrice Adu that her father forcibly started having sex with her when she was just 12 years old.
At only 16 years old, the girl became pregnant, confused and scared.
“I was pregnant but I didn’t know I was pregnant”, the girl told Beatrice Adu.
She could not tell her aunties and other relatives about her ordeal because her father had warned against it.
The now 18-year-old does not know who her mother is. Her mother left her father when she was just 3 months old.
She said her father started penetrating her vagina gradually until it was open enough for sexual intercourse.
“He goes to work and comes back late to worry me. He sometimes tells me not to wear anything to bed. He sometimes shows pornographic movies to me but I don’t like the movie”, the girl said in an emotion-filled voice.
She said when she attempts to throw away the phone on which his abusive father was showing her the pornographic clips, he would beat her.
“For me I thought it was something that all fathers do to their daughters. My aunties became suspicious and started asking me questions but he told me to tell them that I was raped”, she said.
After delivery, her 45-year-old father forced her to take on a family planning programme so he could continue having sex with her.
The girl’s ordeal was reported to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service and the father was arrested.
However, Joy News sources say he is currently walking a free man.
The girl, who is currently at a shelter provided her by the Adenta DOVVSU, told Joy News she feels abused.
According to Beatrice Adu, checks at DOVVSU on steps being taken to bring the abusive father to book have not been successful.
The Prosecutor who is handling the case has traveled out of Ghana on another assignment, according to DOVVSU.
Acting Coordinating Director of DOVVSU, ACP Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday the Police are still pursuing the case.
She said although it is unfortunate the girl’s father has been released on bail, the Police is defenseless in that regard.
She said the Circuit Court that heard the case found it prudent to grant bail despite efforts to put him behind bars.
ACP Twumasi-Sarpong however gave the assurance that reports that the girl’s father went to the shelter to threaten the girl and care takers would be investigated.
The shelter is assisting the abused girl to study to write her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) next year.