HRDC condemns indecent assault of miniskirt woman, calls for arrest

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  has condemned the behaviour of some unruly men in Blantyre who indecently assaulted a woman for wearing a minskirt.

Assault of woman over miniskirt in Blantyre

In a video making rounds on social media, ring leaders are seen completely undressing the lady and fail short of raping her as she is brought down while a man gets on top of her.

The incident is the tip of the iceberg of the many unreported and unfilmed cases where toxic men decide to control what women must wear on the streets or else they are sexually harrassed.

Reacting to the video, HRDC national vice chairperson Gift Trapence condemned the incident as a violation of human rights and abuse of women and called for the law enforcers to act.

“This is uncalled for. This is a cancer that we have watched for too long and is eating the fibre of our society. Enough is enough. Let those involved be arrested and be charged accordingly. ” said Trapence who sounded furious.

Trapence, one of Malawi’s leading human rights defenders, appealed to the police to hunt for the suspects, saying: “We can’t go on like this as a country. Men do not own this country to decide what women must wear. Why should wearing a miniskirt be a crime?”

Meanwhile, the incident continues to spark public rage on social media with veteran legal mind Ralph Kasambara demanding that “these savages need to be brought to book.”

Writing on his Facebook wall, Kasambara further said Malawians should not be brought to the one party rule where dressing was regulated.

“Her simple crime is said to have been wearing a miniskirt. Really? Why do some fools want to take us back to one party regime days where dress code and hairstyle were regulated by the State? Those of you who know the perpetrators please inbox me. It’s high time we acted in concert to protect our mothers, aunt’s, sisters, daughters,” wrote Kasambara.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that the police have launched a man hunt to track down the suspects.

The incident comes hot on the heels of a similar fate suffered by a lady in Mzuzu beaten by a group of women on suspicion that she was going out witj a husband to one of the suspects.

Eight suspects have since been arrested.

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Evance Charles
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Evance Charles

Kasamba u r very stupit cos u have already postive by these bitches ,guys lets continue harass the undressed women

I Suleman
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I Suleman

A woman should be free to dress however she wishes . The attitudes you have shown represents very narrow minded .

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You can’t force someone to respect herself just arrest those stupid savages. It itches our nerves now. How can you force someone to wear cultural dressing as if told you is attending cultural Invent. All that were attended even without any physical contact harassment still must be punished accordingly. Instead of attending your farming fields busy doing stupid things in town.

Nzika
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Nzika

Ladies, Self-respect matters! If you respect yourself, people will respect you in return. You are not animals to be going about naked or half dressed as if you have no soul. There are certain parts of our bodies that need not be exposed anyhow. I am not in support of what the men did, but how some women and girls dress in town is really disturbing, disgusting and a shame to us the women folk. Ma trouser ena othina sizinaoneke as if amachita kukhala ngati amavalira soap. Kuchita kuoneka kuti munthuyu wamangikamo. Ndimacheuka ndithu in disbelief. These are nothing but… Read more »

tuntufye
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tuntufye

who are u to dictate what respect is for women. u mean munthu kuvala chovala wachimwa chonsecho enanu ma dress aatali koma miseche tho, umbombo too kudzikoonda too

Mw101
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Mw101

And so you are saying they deserve to be sexually assaulted? And what about the ones that are harrassed after properly dressing chifukwa akuyenda okha,and what about the child that does not even know what is going on! As a woman be ashamed of your comment nobody deserves to be sexually assaulted because they are wearing “tight jeans” or a short skirt!

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Bbm

There’s no telling someone self respect this very stupid. People who have mind like that must rot in jail. That’s stupid

che
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che

Kapangeni demo kaya. I cant believe you are not being militant about this clear crime that deserves your energy HRDC. You have been militant about everything else political and unclear.

Malawian
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Malawian

Kodi pachiyambi mu Munda WA Eden Adam ndi Eva amavala chani ngati anali maliseche sitchimo ngati anavekedwa masamba mini ilikoboooh kkkkkk lol

Lawrie
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Lawrie

Umbuli at its best

Mtete
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Mtete

While I don’t condone what the men did, and despite freedom of dress code, I humbly request ladies to respect themselves in public because people’s level of thinking is very diverse and this should be taken into account when deciding what to wear.

Mw101
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Mw101

I humbly request males.to.practice self.control and respect women irregardless of what they feel is the “right way of dressing” to them

yusuf askim
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yusuf askim

If every one has the right to do what one’s mind infuses one to do, Then one needs to respect the customs and norms of that society before embarking into the streets . Our Malawian girls and women should respect our culture and be aware of the mind of men who have not been exposed to women in the streets( who appear dressed but naked). Something that is normal in the streets of Johannesburg cannot be normal in Blantyre streets. Arrested men were sending message to our beautiful mothers of Malawi. Some dressing provoke other people let us avoid provoking… Read more »

Adobi is Back!
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Adobi is Back!

You are an idiot. How can you condone/make excuses for such barbaric behaviour?

Judge
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Judge

Which one is our culture? Where are the cultural rules on dressing? Last time I checked, Africans used to wear short loin cloths or animal skins until the whitenan introduced us to these long skirts. So when did the long skirts become culture? And why can’t we revert to the shirt dressing? 😕

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Bbm

Useless point, cultural rules do you know yourself what are you talking about or your brain is blind

Mw101
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Mw101

mxiiii you don’t even deserve a reply!

tung'ande
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tung'ande

HRDC that is what you have been traing your boys to do over the past 8 months and do not condemn them. If you watch this carefully you will see the red shirts the same people who patronise HRDC terrorist activities which they call demos

Nabanda
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Nabanda

A Tung’ande DPP ikupwetekani simupita nayo kuli konse. Muona kuti muchita bwanji pa 3rd Feb pano.

Patrick
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Patrick

I think ur stupid….look at the substance of argument n contextualise Ur point..Kodi kupusa kumeneko muzaaiya liti… Uchitsiru umenewo mdala ngati iwe

Joseph Lucky Kamlaza
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Joseph Lucky Kamlaza

they must be charged