A 25-year-old woman called Amina was humiliated by male students of the University of Ghana at the Legon campus when she allegedly stole a laptop computer and unspecified number of mobile phones belonging to students of the Mensah Sarbah Hall.
Sources said in the early hours of Wednesday, March 30, 2011, around 12:45 am, Amina, also known as Eunice, was arrested by the students while trying to bolt with her booty.
However, the male students of the hall rushed back and snatched Amina from the security man and began to abuse her including stripping her naked and inserting their fingers into her private parts while recording it on video in a very barbaric way.
No amount of pleas from the suspected thief could set her free from the claws of the students who were bent on exacting their pound of flesh from her.
Eventually, they succeeded in stripping her naked after beating her to a pulp and shredding her underpants.
She was heard loudly on the video pleading for forgiveness but her plea fell on deaf ears.
While some of the students tried inserting their fingers into her vagina, others used their phones to record the spectacle.
About two of the students and the security men were captured attempting to protect her but some also held her thighs widely apart as if she was about to undergo female circumcision.
When the Legon Police Commander, Frank Anning, was contacted, he confirmed that Amina was handed over to the police half naked.
He indicated that there had been earlier complaints against the young lady who is said to be a petty trader on the Legon campus, where she sells ladies slippers.
She had been arrested twice by the students in the same act of stealing and handed over to the police.
Amina was arraigned by the Legon police after investigations into the alleged stealing case against her were completed but she jumped bail.
As a result, the Legon Police sought a bench warrant for her arrest.
The police never heard of her again until the unfortunate incident occurred on Wednesday morning.
He noted that the police had since not been able to arrest any of the students. He, however, stressed that his outfit would launch a full-scale investigation into the matter.
Persons found culpable would be arraigned alongside the victim who had been on the police wanted list for sometime now, he said.
The police boss warned the general public against indignant and mob action since the law neither protects offenders nor the offended who take the law into their own hands.
The Crime officer at the station, ASP Emmanuel Basin-Tale, said the police were hunting for the students who molested Amina.
“It is not nice and especially when it involves students who are supposed to know better…so we don’t want it to continue. If we don’t do anything about it ,they are likely to repeat it…so we want to send a signal that it is not the best…it is best to hand over the person to the police…in this case they have also committed an offence. We will definitely get to the bottom of it.”
The authorities at the university say any student found culpable in the molestation of the suspected female thief would be severely dealt with.
The Dean of Students of the University of Ghana, Professor James Adomako, told Citi FM that the university was studying the video recording and would sanction any student who played a role in the molestation of Amina.
“There are regulations for dealing with such situations in cases of indiscipline, assault, harassment and all that so I need to see exactly what the situation is. If something happens on campus involving our students, we will deal with them. If I get to the office and I find that the students are involved in anything nasty, we will deal with them. The law is the law and you cannot take the law into your hands.”
As at the time of filing this report, available information indicated that Amina was receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.
By Rocklyn Antonio