Charge of psychological abuse against student; a test case in court – Gender activist

Lawyer and gender activist, Angela Dwamena-Aboagye says a case in which a 24- year-old student is facing the law for posting his ex-girlfriend’s nude photographs on Facebook, a social network platform will be a test case on the issue of psychological abuse.

Speaking to Joy News, Thursday, the gender activist noted that proceedings in court will be interesting, looking at the circumstances under which the threat was carried out against the victim.

According to Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, the charge of psychological abuse, which is found in the Domestic Violence Act, leveled against the accused person, makes inference not only to blood relationships but also previous sexual relationships.

She therefore commended the police for bringing the right charge against the accused person.

An Accra Circuit Court has remanded into police custody 24-year-old accused person, Henry Alibah, for posting his ex-girlfriend’s nude photographs on Facebook.

Henry Alibah is said to have posted the nude pictures after his ex-girlfriend informed him that she was quitting their two-year-old relationship.

According to the Ghana New Agency (GNA), the accused person has been charged for causing emotional or Psychological abuse.

Aliba pleaded guilty with explanation. According to him, his ex-girlfriend has threatened to reveal all secrets he has told her.

He told the court that his ex-girlfriend also accused him of going in for a prostitute after she had left him.

The court presided over by Ms Ellen Amoah noted that his plea did not amount to a plea of guilty and hence, entered a plea of not guilty.

Alibah’s ex-girlfriend, Christiana Adomah Boateng, a student, has been dating the accused for two years. When she decided to quit the relationship, Alibah refused and gave her ten minutes to rescind her decision but she refused again.

Alibah then up-loaded her nude photographs on face book, using the girl’s own account with the inscription “porn star”, “pay” and then added the victims phone number.

Alibah is expected to reappear in court on February 5.

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