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Afisa Djaba under fire over rape and dressing comment

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Ghanaians, particularly social media users, have reacted to comments by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, over ‘women and rape.’

This is not the first time the minister has provoked the ire of the public.

In her recent outburst, the Minister, during her opening address as the Co-Chairperson at the 90th anniversary and Speech and prize giving day for Krobo Girls Presbyterian Senior School at the weekend, urged girls not to attract rape by wearing provocative clothing.

Madam Djaba intimated that girls’ wearing short dresses could attract a rapist.

She said, “In conclusion, I want to say to you, be bold, be confident, be respectful. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but, know that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you.

“You must be responsible for the choices you make.”

The Minister also had some words for teachers who sexually assaulted girls.

According to her, “It is an abuse of their rights and you are their role model, you must not be the one to abuse the rights of the young girls.”

But some Ghanaians did not take her correlation between rape and girls’ dressing lightly.

Many of them have taken to social media to express their displeasure, with a number of them questioning her logic and others accusing her of victim blaming and shaming.

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