Women Caucus in Parliament Demands Support for Burnt Kid 

The Women Caucus in Parliament has made a passionate appeal to the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection to go to the aid of Maxwell Ayinbisa and provide him necessary medical and psychological support.

Maxwell, an 11-year-old resident of Bolgatanga, was reportedly set on fire for allegedly taking a peek at a woman taking her bath.

Chairperson of the Women Caucus, Sarah Adwoa Safo, in a release urged the Ministry and non-governmental organizations to intensify education on eradicating violence against minors and the vulnerable and urged support from Ghanaians for these institutions.

According to her,  two years after the incident the boy is still nursing protracted multiple injuries from the burns on his head, chest, hands and other part of the his body.

She lamented that the horrifying aspect of the situation is Maxwell being neglected by the assailant who had pleaded for an out of court settlement so he can take care of the medical bills until the boy is completely healed.

She said, “We members of the Women Caucus of Parliament condemn the act in no uncertain terms and call for justice for Maxwell.”

“It is inconceivable that an individual in this day could douse a fellow human being with petrol and set him ablaze, simply because he is alleged to have peeped at a woman in a bathroom.”

Sarah Adwo Safo indicated that Maxwell’s assailant has reneged on his side of the court agreement to take care of the boy and has sent him back to his family.

The boy, she said, was maltreated and called names by the assailant’s family to stigmatize him and often shouted at him when he went near them.

“They told him not to come near where they were because of his stinking injuries.”

“He had separate cup and plate and was warned not to touch anything in the house,” she disclosed.

Hon. Adwoa Safo indicated that Maxwell’s education has been truncated by the injuries he suffered from the attack and stressed the issue constitute a criminal offence under Ghana’ laws.

“There is no statute of limitation related to criminal offences so the act concerning the child, which occurred in 2017, does not mean the police cannot re-open the matter and prosecute the perpetrators. She appealed to the police to re-open the case and prosecute the offenders.

Sometime in 2017, Maxwell Ayinbisa was running an errand for his parents when a woman who was taking a bath suspected someone had been peeping at her and raised an alarm.

Maxwell, who had reached the vicinity at that moment, was accused of committing the act and was accosted. A gallon of petrol he had bought for his father was poured on him and set ablaze.

Maxwell, who had reached the vicinity at that moment, was accused of committing the act and was accosted. A gallon of petrol he had bought for his father was poured on him and set ablaze.

By Osumanu Al-Hassan/uthmanhass@gmail.com

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