A 23-year-old widow in Akyem Tafo is to be given 100 lashes in public for defying a major Islamic principle regarding widowhood.
The Deputy Chief Imam of Akyem Tafo in the Eastern Region, Mallam Madhi Ahmed has endorsed the flogging of a woman for violating her widowhood rites by getting herself pregnant.
The 23-year-old widow will be given one hundred lashes in public for getting pregnant, two months into her widowhood rights.
Ramatu Alhassah is facing the rage of Muslim clerics in her community for getting pregnant while observing Iddah–a widowhood rite that requires that she abstain from sex.
The Deputy Chief Imam at Akyem Tafo, Mallam Madhi Ahmed has defended why Ramatu needs to be punished.
“The law says that if something of this nature happens, both of them if they are not married they have to be caned 100 lashes each but if they are married then they have to be executed.”
He said “in this case I can say the boy who is not married but the girl is still in the room of the husband., so the law has to take effect on her. If it is other country like Saudi Arabia she would be executed and the boy given 100 lashes.”
Ghana as a non-muslim country does not practice the Sharia law.