Malawi police arrest 17 men for sexual harassment of woman in Limbe: WOLREC condemns inhumane treatment

Malawi Police have confirmed 17 men have been arrested towards the inhumane and humiliating treatment of a woman in Limbe central business (CDB) which took place on Thursday  16th March, 2017.

A police woman drags a naked woman away

A woman ( name withled) believed to be mentally ill from Bangwe Townhsip in Blantyre reportedly  undressed  herself  and started calling for men to give her money by touching her private parts.

Many men took part in fondling and playing with her privaye parts. Pictures were also naked of her nudes which went viral on social media.

Police spokesman James Kadadzera said the 17 people arrested over the incident  will face  a charge of ‘conduct likely to cause breach of peace’ and  others will face a charge of indecent assualt.

“All men who took part in indecently assaulting ths vulrnarable woman will be traced, arrested and prosecuted,” Kadadzera said.

Meanwhile, Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC) Communication’s Manager, Dumase Zgambo-Mapemba, has said the mentally ill womn did not deserve such barbaric treatment from some members of the public.

“We condemn perpetrators of such violent acts against women including those who took videos and pictures. Nothing can justify this inhumane and barbaric treatment of the woman regardless of her mental health status,” said Mapemba.

Besides WOLREC’s reaction towards the behavior, the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare is also deeply disturbed by the images circulating on social media that expose the dignity of a certain woman in Limbe.

Section 19(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi states that dignity of all persons shall be inviolable.

Section 137(1) of the Penal Code also states that any person who unlawfully and indecently assaults any woman or girl shall be liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.

In addition, the Gender Equality Act’s Section 6(1) says: A person commits an act of sexual harassment if he or she engages in any form of unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in circumstances that would have anticipated that the other person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.

WOLREC has since recommended the police to embark on an investigation to apprehend perpetrators of such acts and originators of the videos and pictures that have been circulating on the social media.

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4 thoughts on “Malawi police arrest 17 men for sexual harassment of woman in Limbe: WOLREC condemns inhumane treatment”

  1. Hlabezulu Ngonoonda says:

    Thanks Nyasa Times for censoring the picture. Those that abhor such pictures being displayed, so that even children views them, are comforted. Keep it.

  2. The Analyst says:

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    Koma tu tsoka likalimba imakuotchadi ndi mkute . . .
    . . . You see, these men are in trouble for being found at the wrong place and wrong time (where this lady chanced to pass-by).
    . . . Truth is, if some young and captive-holding woman randomly comes to a group of men (regardless of their level of education or social standing) and offer her privates for K200; 99% of the men would pay-to-touch-or-see, without even a second thought (on likely consequences); and the other one would not pay not because he doesn’t want, but because he has no money.
    . . . It is important however, for every man to let his inward morality reign supreme in a situation where outward animal-spirits (group-think) take up control of actions/situation.
    . . . Otherwise, if each of these men had even a kilobyte of morality, they would refuse to-pay-to-touch (this woman), regardless of whether she’s mad or not, prostitute or no prostitute.
    . . . Yes, its easy to be tempted to join in and act stupid when everyone else seems to be doing the same stupid thing, but let us know that, “Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it, and right is right even if no one is doing it.” – St Augustine.
    . . . Yes, we may think that simply because we are acting as a group, we may hide and therefore avoid punishment, but it is the law of the gods and men that when a man is in being accused of something and is in trouble, he does all he can to register his good side and betrayal (revealing out the identities of other) is most likely. As such, if one man (from this group) is arrested, he is given no choice but to reveal the identity of the one he might have seen, until all are arrested.
    . . . Yes, there are things we find pleasure doing as a group, but we should know that when it comes to suffering the consequences of this group-think (e.g wasting time going to court, spending time in prison and torture there in), we suffer them as individual entities not as a group.
    . . . Let us always be aware that we are individuals first before we are a group; and therefore avoid acting stupid when we are in a group.
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  3. Munthu mulala says:

    Where were her fellow women when all these men took advantage of her mental status?i think some women were among the many photographers who were busy taking pictures instead of giving her a helping hand with a chitenje or any means just to cover her up.Lets all be responsible.

  4. khato says:

    Malawi police (Limbe) have finally acted after pressure, shame on you.

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