While the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) maintains that it is emotional abuse for a husband to refuse to eat his wife’s food, Ahmed Legal Consult Musah Armed has revealed that forcing a husband to eat his wife’s food is also domestic abuse.
He stated this on Accra-based Joy News’ program “The Law,” when the Coordinating Director of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) stated that refusing to eat one’s spouse’s meal as a form of punishment constitutes domestic violence.
“For me, I have a problem with the definition as captured in sections 1b, 2 and 3 dealing with economic, emotional, and verbal psychological human abuse,” Musah Armed said.
“You see, we have fundamental human rights that are enshrined in the Constitution, and the enjoyment of these fundamental rights is subject to such laws as contained in Chapter 5 to look at the freedom of a person, you can call it the husband,” he continues.
“If you look at all the freedoms enshrined in Chapter 5 and then look at the definition of marriage, the rights of spouses in the marriage, I don’t think I would agree with the lawmaker to cite a provision that says you should be punished if you refuse to eat your wife’s food. It is incorrect,” he stated emphatically.
Sections of the Domestic Violence Act that apply to Armed Musah violate Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution.
It should be noted that last year, the Central Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Superintendent George Appiah-Sakyi, warned that it is an offense for a husband to reject or refuse to eat his wife’s food, describing such actions as “emotional abuse.”
According to him, such husbands could be charged with emotional abuse and sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison or a fine of 500 penalty units (GH6,000), or both.