Child Rights International has asked the media to refrain from exposing the faces of the two teenagers who allegedly murdered an 11-year-old boy identified as Ishmael Mensah, for rituals at Kasoa.
The organisation noted that exposing the teenage suspects in the media was unethical and flouts their right to protection as guaranteed by sections of the Juvenile Justice Act.
“We understand the public is upset, judging how the two teenagers planned and carried out the act”, Child Rights International said.
That “notwithstanding, we should try and protect their identity, bearing in mind that any public exposure of the teenagers could also put them in danger”, Child Rights International indicated in a statement.
The organisation also condemned the act and expressed its condolences to the bereaved family.
Meanwhile, Central Regional Minister Justina Marigold Assan has promised to seek justice for the family of Ishmael.
“We promise the family that the justice the family is asking for will be given to them”, she said during a visit on Wednesday, 7 April 2021, adding: “I know that the steps we are taking will bring the justice the family is demanding”.
She also said the family will receive the body of the deceased by today, Thursday, 8 April 2021 for burial in accordance with Islamic tenets.
“By tomorrow, the family will receive Ishmael’s body, so we can do the needful. Regional Police Commander will come on Friday to assist with the necessary arrangements as well.”
The minister was accompanied by the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Mrs Habiba Twumasi Sarpong and Awutu Senya East MCE, Michael Essuman Mensah among others.