Linda Phulani an 18 year old woman who was beaten severely by her husband in Mchinji has revealed her husband John Yasini forced her to join a Satanic cult but she refused.
Narrating her ordeal to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati when she visited her on Friday at Mchinji District Hospital, Linda said her husband who openly smoked Marijuana (chamba) asked her to go to a satanic church nearGuillime in the district but she refused.
Linda also revealed that on many occasions the husband could tie her legs and hands and beat her throughout the night while her mother in-law listened in the other room and did nothing.
She alleged Yasini and his mother were into Chamba selling business and that is what brought food to their table.
Linda who looks young than her age, also revealed how she got married to her husband, saying on January 26,this year she met the man who said he loved her and asked her to follow him to his house.
“I followed him yet, I did not know him and I did not tell my parents, when we reached his house he told me he wanted to marry me and I accepted and I never went back to my parents’ house despite their efforts to make me return home,’’ narrated Linda a standard seven drop out.
She said she suspected Yasini used charms to lure her into marriage, because she did not understand how she could follow a man she never met before and she was forced to wear some charms in her waist (Zithumwa) every day at their marital home.
Linda also narrated that after being beaten by her husband leading to serious injuries, she was taken to a local witch doctor and stayed for ten days where the situation worsened and the witchdoctor alerted the police who arrested Yasini.
Meanwhile investigations into the life of Yasini by the Mchinji District Social Welfare Office and Mchinji Police has revealed that 20 year old Yasini has married eight times and the former wives were all victims of domestic violence.
Yasini is also said to have committed a cattle rustling crime but the case was solved by the concerned parties. He is on remand at Maula Prison in Lilongwe pending trial, after being charged with unlawful wounding.