Malawi lawmaker calls for castration of rapists

Malawi lawmaker for Dedza North Savel Kafwafwa says he is going to lobby for a law that punishes sexual offenders by way of castrating them.

Kafwafwa who is also chairperson for Parliamentary committee on social and community affairs said this on Tuesday during the launch of 16 days of activism against gender based violence in Dedza.

His sentiments come at a time when there is growing calls for stiffer penalties to perpetrators of defilement and rape in the country.

“We are very concerned with the continued occurrences of defilement cases. I feel the best solution is to introduce a stiffer penalty because there have been cases where those who commit these atrocities are sometimes convicts who were released from prison for the same offences,” he said.

Kafwafwa (2nd L) participating in a solidarity march against GBV

The parliamentarian said since it appears that some perpetrators cannot control their sexual feelings, it is better to medically castrate them as a way of deterring them from committing the offence again.

He said community members have been suggesting the punishment during meetings with his committee.

“For example, we went to Mgabu in Chikwawa where a perpetrator had defiled 7 and 9 year old girls and community members urged us to make it into law that such people should be castrated,” Kafwafwa said.

However, whilst speaking in a separate interview, Senior Chief Chauma differed with the suggestion, describing it as dehumanising.

“Indeed, the current penalties which perpetrators of rape and defilement are receiving are not stiff enough. They only need to be given life sentences instead of castrating them,” Chauma said.

The senior chief said castration is a very extreme option to be conducted on a human being.

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Erik P
Erik P
9 months ago

Police release criminals for a fee anyway. Best way is to castrate the criminal police force and get respectable police force who would enforce the law.

James Kalimbuka
James Kalimbuka
9 months ago

He’s misguided. He’s not examined the full span of the law on the definition of sexual intercourse and and related cases. He probably doesn’t know what is said. He shouldn’t contaminate the parliamentary thinking.

As a citizen I demand to see the full report of his committee’s consultation process.

Mpwalisi
Mpwalisi
9 months ago

So you are spending our taxi just to move a motion on this primitive opinion? How about your fellow women who rape young boys? Shall they be cut off of their things in the pants? This simply demonstrates that you have no solution as a concerned person.It cannot come to pass and remember that you have a husband who can rape anyone upon circumstances.Shall you castrate him? Shall you castrate your father? Shall you castrate your son? Shall you castrate your brother?

Ali Palimandi
9 months ago

Actually the law should be – 1. Castrate 2. Sever/cut the cock to size 1.

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