Even though the criminal code of Ghana professes severe punishment for rapists, several rape cases are recorded at regular intervals in the Assin Fosu Municipality in the Central region.
Interetingly, these cases are swept under the carpet as the culprits are in most cases shielded by parents, relatives, opinion leaders and the security agencies.
Some of the cases have according to Ghanaxtra.com sources been recorded in Assin Ayitey, Assin Awireso, Assin Adadientem, Assin Adiembra and Assin Manso.
Within a spate of one week, two cases were recorded in two communities in the area. In the first instance, a 3-year-old child was defiled by a teacher in Assin Ayitey.
Another rape case was also reported in Assin Awireso as a 15-year-old girl was defiled by her stepfather in the bush as they were going to tap palm wine.
The latest case in the Municipality which has raised a lot public outcry involves of a 4-year-old girl who has been defiled by a community member at Assin Adadientem.
According to Monica Nyarko, the mother of the little girl, her 4-year old daughter was defiled by one Kwabena during her absence.
The child who could barely work due to pain is currently receiving treatment at the St Francis-Xavier Hospital in Assin Fosu but it is feared she could not walk again.
Monica tells Ghanaxtra.com that even though the suspect has been identified, the traditional rulers in the village are trying to shield the suspect.
She allege that the opinion leaders say the suspect is innocent since the gods in the community have given a not guilty verdict.
Looking at the rate at which the cases are becoming rampant, it is imperative for the appropriate bodies to start a crack down on such miscreants.