Domestic violence case withdrawals worry judiciary

Judiciary officials have expressed concern at the speed women assaulted by their husbands are withdrawing cases.

Mvula: Withdrawing cases affecting delivery of justice
Mvula: Withdrawing cases a matter of concern

Spokesman of the judiciary  Mlenga Mvula said it was a matter of concern that the women withdraw the cases at the end of the trial just before sentence is pronounced.

“This leaves the court in a fix because as court we believe in fair hearing so if the complainant withdraws the case during mitigation we have no option,” he said.

He said most women ask for the wirthdraw of the cases because they fear if the husband, the bread winner is jailed then the family will be in grinding poverty.

Mlenga described this as a big challenge saying the women sue their husbands on good grounds.

Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati  is on record saying her ministry will push for a law that will make it impossible for a complainant to withdraw domestic violence case from any court.

She said poverty should not be a reason for letting offending husbands with impunity.

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7 years ago

Ngati boma likulephera kuika chimanga mu ADMARC kuti anthu agule ndi ndalama zawo, ndiye kuli bwanji azimai oti achitiridwa nkhanza ndi amuna awo oti amatha kuwadyetsa, ndiye mkazi wakasuma, akhothi amugamule kuti akakhale ku ndende zaka 8, ndiye kuti no food, no sch fees etc for the family for 5years, gvt cant help such families, its better to withdraw the case

7 years ago

That’ why girls and women need to get education – work or do business – so that men can stop all this abuse. An independent woman does not need an abusive husband

7 years ago

Akasiyidwa ukwati ukadyetsa iweyo, Kaliati? Poverty is driving us. Period.

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