Human rights lawyer Irene Aborchie-Nyahe has stated that husbands who refuse to eat food prepared by their wives are engaging in domestic abuse.
Speaking on JoyNews on Sunday, May 30, the Director of Legal Assistance Network-Ghana explained that while a woman who is treated in this manner may not be subjected to physical abuse, she has been subjected to another form of domestic abuse, emotional abuse.
“Anything that makes life unbearable or doesn’t make the home peaceful for the other person to survive as a human being is an abuse. There are situations where a person is not physically abused but can be put in a situation that she will be traumatised and be abused psychologically,” she said.
Mrs Aborchie-Nyahe explained in a discussion on JoyNews’ The Law about domestic and economic abuse that there are various instances where people suffer domestic abuse but, due to a lack of knowledge, they sit aloof and refuse to take action against those who violate their rights.
She stated, for example, that in her practice as an advocate against domestic violence, she has encountered instances where women have reported their husbands for verbally assaulting them, a situation that causes the woman to have low self-esteem.
Mrs Aborchie-Nyahe went on to say that a man who constantly praises another woman in front of her spouse is abusing her, and that husbands who deny their wives the right to work and earn a living are also abusing them.