This yesterday, we were greeted with a nude picture of a mother by name Rosemond Brown popularly known in the showbiz industry as “Akuapim Poloo” and a 7 year old young boy she presents as her son, on Facebook and Instagram purporting to be a birthday celebration picture of the son. Even though we acknowledge such celebrations, A lot of people have been unable to turn a blind eye to the statutory violations attendant with such indecent and immoral conduct.
The children’s Act 1998, Act 560 stipulates in Section 2(1) as follows “The best interest of the child shall be paramount in a matter concerning the child”. It further brings to light that, the best interest of the child shall always be the primary consideration by the court, person, an institution or any other body in a matter concerned with the child. This text is evident in section 2(2) of the Act. The mother, being a PERSON is expected to conduct herself when dealing with her child in a manner that inures to the general welfare of her baby.
By posting almost a naked picture of the child does not lend itself to the best interest of the child. A mother who is naked, with her private part shown to a boy of seven years is a sheer affront to the development of the child. The boy is in his formative years which are a period of cognitive (intellectual), social, emotional and physical development of the child and so such indecent exposures would go a long way to affect the child’s character formation which would later have a toll on society. Research has shown that many rapists formed their habits as a result of sexual abuse and exploitations by their relatives including mothers when they were young and that the posturing of Ms. Rosemond Brown subjects the child to sexual abuse and same must not be countenanced by right thinking members of society. Another side of it is that when this boy grows up and finds out about the indecent exposure his mother has meted out to him, it would take years to undo the psychological trauma emanating from this act.
A further provision in the act by section 6(2) invokes parental duty and responsibility. The law places on parents some responsibilities and duties towards their children. The conduct of Ms. Rosemond Brown falls short of the specific dictate of the Children’s Act and in altruism, an apology of her parental duty of care to the child. Section 6(2) specifically states that “A child has the right to life, dignity, respect, leisure, liberty, health, education and shelter from parents”. It is undignifying, and a lack of respect to take naked picture as a mother and that of a 7 year old boy, and purposefully and intentionally circulate on social media.
The Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960, Act 29 has also been violated by Ms. Rosemond Brown by intentionally circulating her nude pictures on her social media pages bearing in mind her large following. The law on obscenity is clear. Section 281 sheds light on publication of obscene material. It states that “A person commits a misdemeanor who (a) for the purposes of or by way of trade or for the PURPOSE OF DISTRIBUTION, or public exhibition, makes, produces, or has in his possession one or more obscene writings, drawings, prints, paintings, printed materials, pictures, posters, emblems, PHOTOGRAPHY, cinematography films, or ANY OTHER OBSCENE OBJECT. “
From this statutory law, Ms. Brown’s act of posting her naked picture on social media is a PUBLIC EXHIBITION. This intentional act implicates this section of the statutory law and therefore it is a criminal offence
We therefore call upon the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as well as the Ghana Police Service to respectfully deal with this matter under the relevant laws to serve as a deterrent to other parents whose conduct are statutorily barred but yet disregard same and flout the law. (WATCH VIDEO BELOW).