Fathers Who Neglect Their Children Could Be Jailed – DOVVSU Director

The National Director of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), Chief Superintendent Owusua Kyeremeh says the Children’s Act, (ACT 560) of 1998, stipulates that fathers who shirk their responsibilities towards their children could be jailed at least three months.

She explained that if a mother reports to DOVVSU that her children’s father is not taking care of the children, DOVVSU will quickly file a case to the Family Tribunal (court), where the said father will be advised to ensure the wellbeing of the child/children.

She again added that if the said father fails to comply with the Family Tribunal’s order of  providing for the children, DOVVSU will take the matter up to the criminal court, where the children’s father will be fined or jailed for not more than 12 months, if found guilty of the offence (Clause 15 of ACT 560).

Speaking on 'The Sonto Show' hosted by radio newscaster Akua Sonto on Agoo TV, Chief Supt. Owusua stated that the ACT enjoins parents to ensure the welfare of their children.

According to Chief Supt. Owusua, fathers who neglect their children are top on DOVVSU’s data, hence entreated single mothers to report irresponsible fathers to their outfit for investigation and prosecution.

She urged parents to respect children’s rights to education, medical care, shelter, leisure amongst others.

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