Increase in sex assault cases worries Malawi police

Malawi Police have expressed concern over an increase in defilement cases being reported in the country.

Police spokesman James Kadadzera:Most reported cases involve children that are less than 16 years

National Police Spokesperson, James Kadadzera described the increase as strange and worrisome.

Kadadzera pointed out that the yet to be compiled 2017 police statistics report,  defilement cases are showing a big increase as compared to those of 2016.

“Most reported cases involve children that are less than 16 years and this is because sometimes people with chronic illnesses like HIV and Aids, and cancer are wrongly advised by traditional healers to sleep with children for them to get cured. This is fuelling the malpractice and it is very sad,” said Kadadzera.

The National Police Spokesperson further said people who go to traditional healers for success in their businesses are also sometimes told to sleep with children and this is also fuelling and increasing the defilement cases.

He further said the police service is currently raising awareness through different programs on the ills that come with defilement encouraging communities to be reporting perpetrators to relevant authorities.

“There are so many families that keep defilers from facing the law and this is very bad because it fuels the malpractice. We are now encouraging children to be reporting any cases of defilement no matter how close the defiler is to them and we are doing this through school outreach programs,” commented Kadadzera, warning that the police will arrest anyone found guilty.

He added this will be possible as the terrain has changed where people are now free and are reporting defilement cases unlike in the past.

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, police in Nkhotakota found a body of a six year old girl who went missing after she had gone to receive measles rubella vaccine with her friends.

The girl was found dead and floating in a stream within her village and an autopsy revealed that she was sexually abused before being dumped in the water.

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