63-Year-Old Ghana Priest Defends Marrying 12-Year-Old Girl

The priest married the girl in a grand ceremony on Saturday.

A 63-year-old Ghanaian priest facing backlash for marrying a 12-year-old girl has insisted the marriage was not for a sexual relationship. A spokeswoman for the priest said the girl was expected to help the priest with his “spiritual duties.” Nummo Borketi Lawe Tulu 33, the spiritual leader of the Nungua area of ​​the capital Accra, married an unidentified child in a grand ceremony on Saturday. Mr Tulu, known as the ‘Gbolubu Wolomo’, or traditional high priest, wields significant spiritual authority in the Nungua indigenous community.

After extensive controversy, the girl and her mother were placed in police custody and Ghana’s attorney general reportedly launched an investigation. South China Morning Post (SCMP).

The newspaper reported that the attorney general’s office said in a statement, “If these allegations are proven, they amount to a criminal offense for which all those involved must be prosecuted.”

Under Ghanaian law, the minimum legal age for marriage is 18 years.

However, a spokesperson for the priest defended his actions, saying that girls are not expected to perform marital obligations until they reach the legal age of consent (16 in Ghana).

“This is not a wedding. There is nothing sexual about it. Priests already customarily have three wives. It is their customary role to help the priest with his spiritual duties,” the spokesperson said. Manklalo Schwonotaroul said. according to SCMP report.

wedding image It was widely spread on social media. It showed dozens of community members attending the event.Street of BBCWomen attending the ceremony were heard telling the girl to prepare for her duties as a wife and to use perfume to increase her appeal to her husband.

The women also advised her to dress in a way that would make fun of her husband, the paper said.

The photo sparked a public outcry by many Ghanaians, who pointed out that the act was illegal. Critics have called on authorities to dissolve the marriage and investigate the priest.