Malawi Police appeal for child protection against sex offenders

The Malawi Police Services has appealed to members of the general public to always leave their children under the care of the right people to avoid exposing them to situations which can render them to being sexually abused.

Southern Region Police Publicists, Nicholas Gondwa told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Wednesday responding to the increasing reports of cases of defilement occurring in the Southern Region.

He said many culprits of defilement cases were persuaded to commit the crime at the advice of herbalists to whom they go to seek medicine to become economically rich or get cured from some ailments such as HIV.

Matewere: Report cases of abuse

“We have seen that some herbalists advice their clients to sleep with toddlers in order for them to be rich or get cured from HIV.

“It is bad for the little girls who are victims, because they end up being infected with sexually transmitted diseases of HIV, this affects them for the rest of their life. It is inhuman to defile little girls,” said Gondwa.

Gondwa further said the police were trying to help the victims by providing counselling to them at the Victim Support Unit and newly established One Stop Centre at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

Campaign

In a separate interview, the Executive Director of the Eye for the Child, Maxwell Matewere said his organization was carrying out a campaign to sensitize the public on how to reduce cases of defilement in the country.

“As of now, you can see that a number of people are able to report such cases to police because they are aware of their children’s rights, this just proves out that our civic education is working,” said Matewere.

Matewere also appealed to parents and guardians to avoid leaving their children alone and to report to police any case of defilement in order to curb the malpractice.

“However, we are happy that government has come up with the Child Protection Act which will help to build a better society,” said Matewere.

Recently, there has been an increase in cases of defilement some of which have been covered in the local media and courts have also been passing stiff penalties on the perpetrators to deter would be offenders, however, it seems the defilers are not getting lessons from this.

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