The Human Rights Resource Center (HRRC) has appealed to Chitipa police to prosecute defilement suspects and re- open cases closed dubiously.
The appeal was made on Wednesday by HRRC programme manager Emma Kaliya during an interface meeting at Senior Chief Kameme headquarters.
The meeting was organised by Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (Gewe) to discuss development challenges undermining women’s rights.
Kaliya lamented the lack of seriousness in dealing with defilement cases by law enforcement officers.
“Law enforcement agencies must not abrogate their duties. Let them bring back to court all defilement cases which were for various reasons withdrawn and effect arrests on all suspects of similar offence whose prosecution has not yet began,” she said.
Chitipa, especially Kameme area, has been riddled with the worst gender-based violence (GBV), with defilement cases dominating the list.
In less than 18 months, the area registered 12 defilement cases, with victims’ ages ranging from three to 14 years, according to Shenton Kalua, senior medical assistant at Kameme Health Centre.
He said despite defilement cases being reported to police on time, only one defilement case involving a primary school teacher was prosecuted, but mysteriously discontinued.