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Perpetrators of Dehumanising Cultural Practices to be Prosecuted

2007-09-10 20:33:57
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The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Alhassan Samari, has appealed to the National House of Chiefs to help check cultural practices that hindered development.

Speaking during a visit to the Upper East, he expressed regret about the existence of some negative cultural practices in the three northern regions.

"Certain outmoded and negative cultural practices are too dehumanising to the people. Human beings cannot be treated like beasts. With civilization, we need to move forward," Mr Samari said.

He mentioned widowhood rites, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, tribal marks and depriving girls of the right to education as practices that must be condemned.

Mr Samari said it was criminal to engage in some of these negative cultural practices and warned that perpetrators would be prosecuted.

He said chiefs could maintain cultural practices that promoted development and these include respect for elders, eating of traditional food and festivals.


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