Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, the Most Reverend Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, has encouraged people in abusive relationships or marriages to seek for help.
“Abuse is not marriage in the Christian context and not how God instituted marriage, so it is unwise to stay in such maltreatments in the name of religion or society to suffer the consequences.”
“It is not wise to stay in such marriages and die. Marriage is for companionship, socialisation and where you live happily and so if you are being abused in your marriage, you have to report to the appropriate quarters to seal it.
“There are ways where we can let people pull out of such marriages. It’s allowed. You can’t use your spouse as a punching bag or make your home a boxing arena where people are just battered left, right, centre,” he said.
Bishop Boafo gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency following a report over alleged abuse and death of a Nigerian Gospel Artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu, well known for her popular music, “Ekwueme.”
He advised victims of such maltreatment to report to the appropriate authorities like the Police, and counsellors to take measures to help them out of it.
While speaking on how some pastors convinced their church members who fell victims to consistent abuse to stay in the marriages, the Presiding Bishop, also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, asked them to take better measures to reverse the situation.
“So my colleague pastors should make victims of abuse go through the proper way of resolution other than asking them to continue with such marriages that bring a lot of hardships upon them and make them unable to worship God the way they should.
“They should revise their counselling notes to find proper resolution mechanisms to stop the misdemeanour and restore peace in the marital homes,” he added.
In the sight of God, women, children, and men are all equal, with none greater or superior than the other, he added, emphasizing the need of upholding humanity’s dignity.
According to statistics, 33 to 37 percent of women have experienced domestic violence in the form of partner abuse at some point in their relationship.