Child crimes up by 44% in Malawi

Crimes against children in the country have drastically gone up by 44% within a year, a development that has seen the police and child rights activists scratching their heads for lasting solutions.

Maxwell Matewere: Future of youth may be doomed

Police child protection officer Alexander Ng’wala said the crimes against children have leaped from 1000 in 2015 to 1400 in 2017.

“The most common crime is rape. This is perpetrated by relations and other people close to the children in the society,” said the child protection officer.

He attributed the rise in crime against children to stereotype beliefs and cultural beliefs.

Ngwala said the crimes against children continue to grow at an alarming rate.

Eye of the Child executive director Maxwell Matewere has asked authorities to act swiftly to contain the situation.

Matewere said the country’s future is doomed if children are abused and the abusers are left scot free.

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