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Bright Appiah commends the state for how it handled alleged child marriage issue

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The handling of the alleged child marriage to Gborbu, a Nungua deity, has received commendation from the Executive Director of Child Rights International, Mr. Bright Appiah.

He lauded the government for their approach and urged them to apply the same attitude in other similar matters.

Following the controversy surrounding Naa Okromo, also known as Naa Yoomo Ayemuede, the government announced her release into her parents’ care. It was confirmed in a media briefing that she was not married to the Gborbu wulomo, despite initial inconsistencies that led to public outrage.

The Minister-designate for Gender Children and Social Protection, Dakoa Newman, revealed that the Attorney-General’s interim report recommended the child’s release to her family for her best interest. The government took custody of Naa Yoomo Ayemuede on April 1 after her alleged customary marriage on March 30.

The child’s parents are required to sign a bond guaranteeing her rights are upheld. The necessary medical assessments and counseling have been completed, revealing that Naa Okromo is 15 years old and not pregnant.

Deputy Attorney-General Alfred Tuah-yeboah assured the public that the office is still examining the full docket of the issue and will act accordingly. Meanwhile, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, pledged to explore ways to modify certain traditions and cultures to align with current trends.

Speaking on the matter, Mr. Bright Appiah commended the state for its handling of the case and emphasized the importance of the child’s welfare. He urged the government to maintain the same level of commitment in protecting children’s rights in the future.

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