Malawi girls are fast becoming an extremely endangered species with the news making headlines . day in day out is that of sexual defilement and rape cases.
It is evolving into a crisis that needs to be addressed,
In Mulanje, a 15-year-old boy, Hassan Pathasen is currently in police custody for allegedly defiling an 8-year-old girl in the district.
Pathasen defiled the girl on Tuesday 9 February, 2016 by coaxing her with a banana, police have said.
”After recieving the information, we arrested him for questioning,” disclosed Mulanje police Publicist, Gresham Ngwira.
Medical examination done at Mulanje District Hospital confirmed that the girl (name withheld) was indeed defiled.
Pathasen has been charged of Defilement contrary to Section 138 (1) of the Penal Code.
Both the accused, Pathasen and the victim come from kumwamba village, T/A Mabuka in the district.
”Meanwhile we would like to advise parents/guardians to take good care of their children to avoid these incidents.
”We also warn all lusty men to stop this behaviour. If found we will arrest and prosecute them until such incidents are rooted out of the
society,” added Ngwira.
Jail for sex offence
In Lilongwe, the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday sentenced Alfred Disi (39) to 18 years in jail with hard labour for defiling his seven-year-old step daughter and infecting her with HIV.
Lilongwe Police Station Spokesperson Inspector Kingsley Dandaula said Disi committed the offense in wee hours of 21st November, 2015 and that police arrested him on 26th November on the charge of defilement.
Dandaula said the girl was sleeping alone in the living room when the stepfather grabbed her and defiled her taking advantage that her mother was outside doing some household chores.
According to the Police , Disi denied the accusations but after the State paraded 5 witnesses in court, he was found guilty of the offence contrary to section 138 (1) of the penal code.
Thawale Police Unit who took the girl to Dixon Health Centre where it was confirmed that she had been defiled and that she was HIV positive.
Disi is said to have initially denied defiling the girl when he first appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Antony Kapaswiche to answer the charge of defilement which is contrary to section 138(1) of the penal code, according to Dandaula.
He was, however, found guilty and convicted of defilement after the state, through Prosecutor Agnes Stoko paraded five witnesses against him.
Dandaula said in mitigation Disi had asked the court to be lenient with him when passing sentence saying he looked after his family and children but the State hit back arguing he deserved stiffer sentence considering that the victim was infected with HIV.
Disi hails from Chitsulo village in the area of Traditional Authority Masula in Lilongwe. –Additional reporting by Maston Kaiya, ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :