Old women are
not witches, says Hajia Jamila Boateng
By Abdul Salam Sule
Accra, May 14, Ghanadot - The
Eastern Regional President of the Ahmadiya Women
Association, Hajia Jamila Boateng has dispelled the
perception that old women between the ages of 60 years and
above are mostly witches.
According to her, those women are wrongly accused and it is
a result of their poor family background.
The Eastern Regional President of the Ahmadiya Women
Association said this at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region
during the annual convention of the Islamic sect.
Speaking on the theme 'superstition, a barrier to national
development', Hajia Jamila said, at the age of 60, women
experience their menopausal syndrome and as part of the
symptoms, they sometimes become talkative.
"But being a talkative does not mean one is witch and it is
important that perception is dispelled", she said.
She observed that, there are equally old age men who are
above the age of 60 years and it is very hard to hear them
being referred as wizards but for women it is easy to
falsely accused them as witches.
She noted that, the educated and successful Ghanaians never
accused their mothers as witches but the unsuccessful ones
are the victims.
Hajia Jamaila Boateng has therefore called on the Ghanaian
youth to work hard and become successful in life and spared
calling their innocent mothers witches.
For her part, the guest speaker of the programme, Hajia
Yusif said, some pastors and spiritualists have cultivated
the habit of accusing old and innocent women as witches and
called on them to desist from that act.