Recently, Superintendent George Appiah-Sakyi, the Central Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victim Service Unit (DOVVSU) in Ghana, reiterated that by law it is an offense for husbands to deny or refuse to eat food from their wives because it constitutes a form of "emotional assault."
According to the police officer, such reculcitrant husbands may be prosecuted with mental violence and this has the power to convict them with up to two years or a punishment of 500 penalty units which is equal to GH6,000 or both if proven guilty.
He said this when attending a Muslim Gender consciousness workshop. He even admonished husbands during his speech not to beat or molest their wives in anything even though they are being humiliated. He recommends instead that they send the wives to the nearest police department and not take the law into their own hands as physical harassment is often an offence and can be handled by statute.
"If your husbands fail to eat your diet to leave you miserable to inflict physical distress, then you should report it to the police as well. If your husband is late at home and leaves you miserable you will make an argument at DOVVSU, "he said.
He then went on to add that women who refuse to give sex to their husbands should equally be reported because refusal of sex to a legal partner is also a violation which is grounded in law and amounts to emotional abuse which is punishable under the Domestic Violence Act 732 of 2007.
“If your wife wears jeans to sleep and causing you emotional abuse it’s an offence and you can report her to DOVVSU,” Superintendent Appiah-Sakyi stated.