Hell hath no fury: Victim of ‘mini-skirt attack’ speaks out

A mini-skirt stripping attack victim Vanessa Chilango, whose video went viral in the course of the week, is going through hell following the incident, saying she has become the ridicule of her neighbourhood in Chirimba Township, Blantyre.

Vanessa Chilango: Mini-skirt stripping victim facing ridicule
Men jeering and undressing her in the hub of Blantyre

A video clip went viral on social media showing Chilango being assaulted and undressed in Blantyre for wearing a miniskirt.

Chilango has bemoaned that her house where she lives with her three children “has become hell.”

She said in quotes reported by Nation on Sunday newspaper: “I cannot leave it without jeers and laughs, especially from my fellow women. I am being called all sorts of names, including ‘prostitute’. Even my children are being taunted. Our lives have been changed forever, and we have no peace.

 

“I can’t even consider relocating because almost everyone has seen that video. I am bound to be recognised anywhere I go.”

The woman claims her assault began with a robbery attack on her by two men on Monday morning as she was downtown Blantyre, waiting for a friend to travel to Mozambique to buy merchandise for sale.

Chilango told the paper that two men approached her and in a flash attacked her and as she struggled to protect her luggage, in which there was K250 000, a smartphone and clothes, one them men sliced her fingers.

“Within minutes, the two men were joined by a gang that started beating me and tore my black skirt and blouse, leaving me almost naked.

“Even my underwear was torn. For what? I don’t know these people and even why I was targeted. Actually, I will never know,”

Chilango sustained bruises and cuts all over her body following the attack.

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Mary Navicha warned people against taking the law into their hands, but urged women to dress properly.

“Let me appeal to fellow women not to deliberately provoke situations. When you are getting out of your house, please dress properly,” said Navicha.

Blantyre Police spokesperson Augustus Nkhwazi said  two men were arrested in connection with the assault. The two were identified as Frank Duncan, 30, and Dickson Kholiwo, 37.

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BWITOTO
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BWITOTO

The Minister condemned the culprits and then gave an advise to would be victims so that such attacks on innocent women can be avoided. You do not leave your house open and unattended to because the law says “Thou shall not steal”.

Vyytj
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Vyytj

Everyone has the right to dress the way they want…. men go around with no shirts on in Blantyre market. They leave alot to be desired too… who undresses them. Some even go as far as walking with no shirt and their trousers or shorts sagging to the point that you can see their buttocks…. isnt that graphic for women too?. Some vest are worn inside others are made to be worn outside but men choose to wear the undergarments outside. Zalakwika because its a woman. We all have the right to dress the way we want. Our dressing doesnt… Read more »

Jack
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Jack

Well said!

George Victor
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mama simunavale bwino like a mother of 3.Please revisit your dressing. I feel your dressing is the one which attracted the men mob to attack you…I doubt ngati nduinu mai wa pabanja coz ayi ndithu your dressing left a lot to be desired.Munthu mumapita ku business wat kind of dressing is that…dressing imeneyo munakavalira mutafika komwe mumapitako osati kumayenda mtown mmene munalili.Zinalakwikwa ndithu simunavale mozilemekeza komanso mwati muli ndi ana mukupereka chitsanzo chanji kwa ana anu..Pepani pa zomwe zinakuchitikirani koma calling a spade a spade simunavale mozilemekeza.

Flamingo
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Flamingo

Rights go together with responsibilities

Chilipa Thako
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It’s just unfortunate that this woman was attacked by these two thugs let these thugs rot in jail for the crime they commited

Chingaipe
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Mama you are not qualified to hold that ministrial , post because it looks like you don’t know your responsibility, people needs to exercise freedom we are not in a one party system things changes from time to time, asuch you must resign please mama ,. that woman did nothing wrong she was out for her business, so she was not supposed to fear, mama you are backing DPP thugs you are so foolish, go and rest we don’t recognise you any more as a minister.

Nambe
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What happened DPP thugs got to do with this….this is not politicstarting it’s about that woman ….ahh malawi I cry for you

tung'ande
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tung'ande

No No its opposition thugs . MCP and UTM thugs have developed the habit of coming to the town centres to await their terrorist leader Ntambo to give them orders for violent demonstrations. Since since a few days now they have not had any activity as their leader was busy celebrating and sending posts while pating themselves on the back, they satrted attacking innocent women. The two guys who were arrested are active members of UTM

Ken Phiri
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Ken Phiri

on a more serious note for men to go to the extent of undressing that lady is too much. It is criminal. Those men must rot in jal.

Amongst all that crowd there were no reasonable men who could rescue that lady???

Nzika
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Nzika

Observer, you are truly right. She talks of having 3 children, what signals is she sending to her children by dressing thus? How can a mother of 3 dress like a girl when even some well brought up girls dress in a respectful way? What kind of a mother is she? Uchita bwanji manyazi ndi kusekedwa pomwe mavalidwe ako sunachite nawo manyazi? Hope you have learnt a bitter lesson! Next time you will know better. Musamapange zinthu mwadala to test the waters! Mitima siifanana, adatero fisi!

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

I feel a strong urge to criticize minister Navicha: She is exhibiting ignorance by blaming the victim, all be it indirectly.
Ms Chilango committed no crime, and she is clearly the victim of a barbaric behavior. And the minister should not be in the business of defending such behavior to any extent.
Navicha should be removed from her position, as she cannot be counted on defending vulnerable women in this country.

Informa
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Informa

True indeed . The minister comment was stupiditly ignorant of her role. She must go. This woman did nothing wrong . Only than Malawi is a backward and shameful society.

Big Mbuzi
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Big Mbuzi

Stupidest Minister …… please resign immediately.

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