Police in the North East region are currently investigating the killing of a 60-year-old woman in Janga, West Mamprusi district, who was accused of witchcraft. The woman was fatally shot by a young man believed to be a relative.
Her body has been transported to WaleWale Hospital for a post-mortem examination. According to the deceased’s brother-in-law, Zakari Iddi, the assailant entered her home and shot her.
“She was in her room, and they pulled her out to the entrance and shot her. All that I know is that she is suspected of witchcraft,” Iddi shared with Citi News.
It’s worth noting that Ghana’s parliament passed a bill in 2020 aimed at protecting individuals accused of witchcraft, making it illegal to abuse them or force them out of their communities. This legislation was enacted in response to the tragic lynching of a 90-year-old woman in Kafaba, East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region in July 2020, which had drawn condemnation from both local and international human rights organizations.