Barely a day after Police in Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka arrested a 23 year old man for allegedly defiling his own 3 year old daughter; another 40 year old man has been arrested for defiling his 6 year old step daughter in the same district.
Police says the suspect Isaac Mphepo, defiled her step daughter at his home when her mother went out to look for pain killers after complaining of general body pains.
“When the mother of the victim came back, she found her husband naked with the victim sobbing and upon interview; the victim revealed that she was defiled by her step father.
“The issue was later taken to the elders of the family who in turn reported the matter to Balaka Police amid protest from the mother who did not want the case to be taken to Police,” says Balaka police spokesperson sub-inspector Joseph Sauka.
Sauka says medical examination done at Balaka District Hospital revealed that the girl was really defiled.
The police have since locked up the suspect who is expected to appear before court soon to answer a case of defilement of girls under the age of 16 year which is contrary to section 138(1) of the Penal code.
The suspect Isaac Mphepo comes from Mfulanjovu village, Traditional Authority Chanthunya in Balaka district.
Meanwhile, the Officer In-charge Balaka Police Station Macmillan Nyirongo has condemned the increase of defilement cases in the district and has called upon all stakeholders to join hands in the fight against defilement cases which has reached an alarming rate.
In August alone, Balaka Police Station has registered four cases of defilement.