UHAS Dean Allegedly R@ped a Student In Her Period. The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) Sexual Harassment Committee in Ho, Volta Region, has advised intensive psychotherapy for a female student who was reportedly raped by Dr. Kwabena Obeng Duedu, Dean of Students.
The recommendation is to assist her in regaining psychological well-being in an appropriate institution of her choice, with the Dean of Students bearing the cost.
After discovering Dr. Duedu’s involvement, the Committee recommended that he be fired as Dean of Students and barred from ever holding another managerial position at the university.
Dr. Duedu, who a source close to the committee said was being groomed for the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, will sign a two-year bond of good behavior that will be monitored and, if repeated, will result in his removal from the university.
He must also send an apology letter to the female student as well as the university.
Investigations in-depth On Thursday, October 28, 2021, the female student (name withheld) traveled from Tema to the UHAS in Ho to obtain reference letters in order to complete the requirements to apply for a postgraduate degree program, according to the Chronicle.
She met Dr. Duedu, who accorded her the appropriate courtesy before taking her phone number for further conversation.
He called the 22-year-old young lady later that evening to inquire about her location, only for the student to tell him that she was returning to Tema but was having trouble finding a vehicle at the State Transport Company (STC) yard.
Nonetheless, the young lady’s mother had left her with sufficient funds to allow her to spend.
Should she finish her business with the university and find that it is too late to travel the 140 kilometers back to Tema, she will spend the night in a guest home.
As a result, she notified Dr. Duedu of her plans to stay at a guest home. Dr. Duedu, on the other hand, requested that the young lady waiting for him at the Ho transport yard.
Dr. Duedu arrived at the yard in a few minutes, picked up the young girl, and drove her to a guest home in town. The naïve young lady realized at the reception that Dr. Duedu had previously booked a room in his name.
Since she was paying, the lady was not satisfied, so she removed Dr. Duedu’s name and replaced it with her own. The university professor followed the lady to her room for unknown reasons and allegedly had sexual intercourse with her without her consent when she was in her menses.
Back in Tema, the bewildered woman refused to tell her mother and hid her anguish, even though her recommendation papers suggested that she was an average student.
She eventually confided in a mother’s friend, who recommended she to report the incident to the school officials, which she did.
A SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT, DR KWABENA OBENG DUEDU, a report she addressed to the Registrar, UHAS, reads:
“Please, I write to report Dr. Kwabena Obeng Duedu who coerced me and had sex with me when I hadn’t consented to do so on Thursday 28th October 2021, when I came for two recommendation letters from the school in order to meet the application requirements to apply for a post-graduate degree program. I believed he used cunning means to seduce me coerced me and get me to have sex with him without my consent. I hope to get the necessary redress to this issue and I am counting on your cooperation.”
Dr. Duedu, along with his wife, drove to the victim’s mother’s business in Ashaiman in November 2021, where his wife described the incident, which attempted to depict the young girl as having seduced her husband (Dr. Duedu). This was the first time the issue was brought to the victim’s mother’s attention.
Prof Ernestina Safoa Donkor, the Committee Chairperson, wrote the student victim on November 24, 2021, inviting her to attend before the University’s Committee. INVITATION TO UHAS ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMMITTEE HEARING, the letter reads;
“We write to inform you that your allegation of sexual misconduct against Dr. Kwabena Obeng Duedu has been referred to the University’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee for investigation. You are, by this letter, to appear before the above Committee to assist in the investigation. In line with Section 63 of UHAS Sexual Harassment Policy, you have the right to representation by legal counsel, scheduled on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 10.30 am at the School of Medicine Conference Room.”
The victim was taken by her mother to the committee hearing on the designated date, where they encountered Dr. Duedu.
Dr. C.S. Kpeglo, the Registrar of UHAS, issued a letter to the victim titled RE: A SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORT- DR KWABENA OBENG DUEDU on December 22, 2021. It says:
“Your complaint regarding the above subject refers. The Universit receipt of your email referred the matter to the Sexual Harassment Committee for investigation. The committee has completed its work and forwarded its findings and recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor. The committee established that Dr. Kwabena Obeng Duedu (Dean of Students) violated Section 2.2 and 2.6 of the UHAS Sexual Harassment Policy as captured in the Students Handbook 2021 and recommended sanctions. The Vice-Chancellor has upheld the findings and recommendations and has sanctioned the defendant accordingly. The committee has further recommended that you be offered psychotherapy to help you regain your psychological well-being in a suitable institution of your choice and the cost to be borne by Defendant, Dr. Duedu”
Dr. Duedu was detained by Tema police on Wednesday, January 18, 2022, when he was led by a priest to the victim’s mother’s office, ostensibly to beg forgiveness. The following intimidation by a superior police officer, who the suspect had allegedly asked to help, the drama began.
The officer in question would not allow a patrol team’s arresting personnel to take the subject to the station for questioning and necessary police action. The confrontation lasted, and the Tema police eventually gave in to the higher officer’s pressure.
Unsatisfied, the victim managed to contact Dr Dampare, the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The suspect was immediately re-arrested by the IGP and sent to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) Headquarters in Accra.
Following that, the Chief Constable dispatched a powerful team from DOVVSU, the Police Professional Bureau (PPSB), previously PIPS, and the Counseling Unit to the victim’s residence in Ashaiman for an assessment of the issue.
When The Chronicle contacted UHAS, a high-ranking source verified that such a case had been brought to the university’s notice, but requested anonymity. According to the source, Dr. Duedu had received the proper sanctions in accordance with the university’s rules.
When this reporter called Dr. Duedu on Friday, January 28, 2022, to get his side of the story, he responded with a text message requesting that the caller send a text message.
The reporter inquired if he was supporting the police with an investigation into an alleged rape case made against him after introducing the paper through text as requested. Regrettably, he had not responded by the time I finished this report at 4 p.m. yesterday.
Following Dr. Duedu’s arrest, a senior police source told the press that he had been granted police investigation bail.
According to the source, the police might arrest a suspect in any region of the country if such a person unit was given over to the right authorities.
source: The Chronicle Newspaper