Trokosi Victim Calls For Enforcement Of Prescribed Laws
Miss Forgive Theresa Nuwormgbe, a victim of trokosi has launched a passionate appeal to government to enforce laws that proscribe practices that infringe on human rights of innocent people in the country.
She made the appeal to government when the paper caught up with her at the 9 th graduation ceremony of the Baptist Vocational Training Centre (BVTC), a center for training and providing vocational and technical skills to ex-trokosi girls and school drop-outs.
She was among thirty-three graduants who underwent various vocational and technical training courses including catering, dressmaking, tailoring, batik tie and dye, carpentry, kente weaving, beads designing and hairdressing as well as English language, mathematics entrepreneurial skills and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Narrating her ordeal about the practice where virgin girls through no fault of theirs are taken as slaves and have to labour for somebody completely unknown to them, the ex-trokosi girl said she was taken to the Mafi Togodo shrine in the Volta Region at age four (4).
According to her, victims are made to work in the homes and farms of her master with all forms of abuses leading to sometimes early child-bearing much against the will of the victims.
‘ I am pleading to government to immediately send agents around to force people who are doing this to put a stop to the practice since it did not only make the victims illiterate but also demonstrate disrespect to the dignity of the young girls’, she added.
Miss Nuwormgbe continued that, the sort of treatment they go through at the shrines make them less confidence of themselves and find it difficult to mix- up with their immediate society, adding that women are the economic backbone of every nation hence the country would pay dearly for it if the futures of these girls are bleak.
‘Let us all rise up and fight against cultural practices that are inimical to the human rights of people. I am urging everybody to add his or her voice for authorities to take necessary action to save lives’, she declared.
She expressed her profound gratitude to the managers of the centre which is run through the support of the Baptist Relief and Development Agency (BREDA), subsidiary of the GBC and other benevolent bodies and individuals.
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