Some residents of Nkoranza have assaulted a 21-year-old man for supposedly engaging in homosexual activity in the Bono East Region on Wednesday, October 6.Youth of the town are seen in an amateur video, beating the man, whose name is given as Yaw Barima, in a room where he is alleged to have indulged in the act.They stormed the premises and subsequently whisked him to the palace on Friday.
The agitated group insisted that the alleged act flies in the face of a directive by the Queen Mother of the traditional area, Nana Yaa Dudaa Kani I, which abhors activities of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender among others.At the palace, the 21-year-old was forced to kneel as incantations were chanted over him.Elders of the area supervised the performance of purification rites after questioning him.They claim this would persuade the gods to ward off any bad omen that may result from the incident.As part of the process, a sheep was slaughtered and libation poured.
The timing of the development is even more significant as the country remains divided on the anti-LGBT bill currently before Parliament.The document dubbed, the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, seeks to criminalise the activities of LGBTQI+ and individuals and organisations that advocate or promote the activity in the country.
A Top clergymen and Islamic clerics have presented memos to the House’s Committee of Constitution and Legal Affairs on Wednesday, in support of the bill.The Church of Pentecost has declared its readiness to vote out any political party that stands against the passage of the bill.
However, a series of memoranda, which oppose the legislation, have also been presented to the Committee. The sponsors of the memoranda describe the bill as an endorsement of state-sponsored violence against minority groups and an infringement on their human rights.Parliament says over 100 memos have been received in respect of the bill so far, from citizens and stakeholders worldwide.