Kaliati warns Malawi men against wife battering: Visits woman battling for life after horrific beating by hubby

Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati on Friday visited a woman who was severely beaten by her husband at Mchinji District hospital, reiterating that government would not watch the trend continue but let the arm of law take its course on men who abuse their wives.

Kaliati visiting Linda at Mchinji dist hospital pics; By Sarah Munthali MANA

Kaliati visiting Linda at Mchinji dist hospital pics; By Sarah Munthali MANA

“I visited Linda Phulani after reading media reports about the misfortune that befell the woman, and am shocked to see her deep wounds, as government we won’t sit back and watch women being tortured like animals,” she warned

The woman Linda Phulani was severely beaten by her husband JohnYasini with chains and steel rods sustaining deep cuts on her back at Kumbuyo village, Tembwe in T/A Mlonyeni in the district.

She said all perpetrators of such type of domestic violence would be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and 20 maximum years in jail.

“I do not know what the husband was thinking beating his wife like an animal, unless he wanted to kill her, this wasn’t done out of love,” she explained.

Addressing a public a meeting later at Tembwe in T/A Mlonyeni’s area in the district, Kaliati said time has come for communities including traditional leaders and local community organisations to take a stand and sensitise the communities on the evils of domestic violence.

She advised women to walkout of marriage when their husbands abuse them saying persevering in the name of love is not a solution.

“When a husband beats and injures you run for your dear life, alert neighbours, chiefs and marriage counsellors for help,” she said.

She also advised girls not to drop out of school and get married saying education advancement in women could help reduce the burden of gender based violence on them.

“When women get educated it helps them distinguish those coming to them with honest intentions from those that come to deceive them.

“When you are not educated as a woman, most of the times you cannot make informed decisions hence you fall victim to domestic violence,” observed Kaliati referring to Linda 18, who dropped out of Standard 7 and eloped with her 20 year old Husband.

District Commissioner for Mchinji YamikaniChitete said Mchinji district has recorded one of the highest number of domestic violence cases, but as a council they are sensitising the public on the dangers of domestic violence.

“As a council, in collaboration with the social welfare office, police and non governmental organisationswe have several programmes where we sensitise the public especially women to report any kind of abuse they face in marriage,’ she said.

During the visit Kaliati donated various food items to Linda and money.

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kill him with a knife is a goat


Being uneducated is not a guarantee that wives should be illtreated. marriage, education and love are different things. There are some PhD. or Master’s Holders who have married Std 8 wives but they love and take care of them. Even though the case is as such, girls and women please concentrate on education or do any kind of business so that husbands should not take us for granted.

william chimwezi

Women are also human beings not only men. If they are animals or fools why men falling in love with them. Think twice about their rights you guys


That is good gesture honourable madam minister. This man is not human and needs to face the law. Kindly also note that there are some men who are facing similar hardships from their spouses. Please pay them a visit and issue a strong warning to all women doing the same……..


truefactor…I second you,,,in fact I suggest they put it there because this lady is not educated….they know she doesn’t know her rights


parents are to be blamed,sometimes they force their daughters into marriege in order to support them.its alesson to such parents.

Likoma Economist

These are kids. At under 20, they should have been in school and in marriage. Although they’re physically mature, mentally they are still kids. This is why many of level headed people recommended that the marriage age should be 21 yrs. Marriage is, and should be a serious matter!


Madam Minister, may you kindly ask Nyasatimes not to put graphic and obscene photos like the one they used on April 25 for the story related to this. I don’t think it’s right and godly to put a woman’s nakedness in public platform like that. Some readers may disagree, but I’m entitled to my opinion. Imagine if it was your daughter or sister being demeaned like that!

Ndangodutsamo sindinatchole nkhwani!

Mbonga Matoga
The problem we have in Malawi is that most of our women takes marriage as a way of alleviating their poverty. So when it comes to a point when the husband does not love them anymore, they still stick around in the name of (kupilira). while in actual sense they just don’t want to go back to poverty from where they came from. Most men don’t want just to beat up their so called wives for no reason. Most men do this because of the wife’s persistence to stay in his house when no love exist anymore between the two.… Read more »

during my past years i realy recall malawi as the warm heart of africa. But with this curent generation.malawi z under fire.so sad

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