Posted: Tuesday 25th February 2014 at 12:00 pm

Legon Students Panty Saga: Forced Crawling Was ‘Barbaric’ – Ursula

Vice President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ursula Owusu has deplored the disgraceful manner in which three girls, believed to be schooling at the University of Ghana, were made to crawl at the Accra Mall for allegedly stealing panties.

“You do not make them crawl on the floor…that is an affront to their human dignity. Even convicted murderers have rights. They are suspected thieves. You don’t treat them that way”, she condemned.

“You don’t humiliate them like that in the full view of the public. That is what barbarians do”.

In her view, “that is what people in the jungle do. You don’t treat them like dogs. It is not proper. It is barbarism”, she condemned in an interview with XYZ Breakfast Show host Moro Awudu on Tuesday.

On-lookers watched aloof as the humiliated girls were forced by men who appeared to be security officers at the mall, to crawl, amidst yells and accusations of theft.

Ursula Owusu who is a Member of Parliament Ablekuma West said the girls should lodge a complaint to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) or any of the human rights organisations to seek redress.

She expressed bewilderment at the fact that none of the on-lookers intervened to stop the act of “barbarism”. She said she found it totally “appalling”.

Meanwhile the Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana says it is now doing its investigations to find out if the girls are indeed students of the school.

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