Man abducts two girls to sexually abuse them

The Wilson family of Chilobwe township in Blantyre is living in fear after their two daughters aged 7 and 12 went missing on Sunday afternoon only to return home Monday morning defiled.

The children were kidnapped on their way home by an unknown man who enticed them with K50.

According to the children’s mother, Cecilia Wilson, the girls were taken to Soche Mountain where they spent the whole night.

“The children got missing on Sunday afternoon and from what we’ve gathered from them, the stranger defiled the girls in Soche Mountain over night,” said the mother.

Sexual violence has become increasingly pervasive

Mrs. Wilson said the children returned in the morning to the surprise of the parents only to learn that they were threatened with panga knives and that they would die if they revealed.

“They were told to lie to us that they slept out, out of their will in the mountain, but with further questions they divulged the whole issue,” said the mother who had to seek divine intervention on the matter from a nearby pastor.

According to Mrs. Wilson the missing of the two girls was reported to Chilobwe Police on Sunday where they were advised to wait and report again in the morning.

Wilson said on the morning of her daughter’s return, they reported to the police who gave them a Police report to access medical examination at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).

Medical examination conducted by QECH indicated that only the 12 year old daughter was defiled but that she did not sustain any injuries.

The parents suspect that the man wanted to use the girls for rituals but that their thoughts did not come to light.

“This is not the first time this has happened because another girl was also raped in this neighborhood and the police apprehended the suspect who stayed in custody for two days but was released on grounds we do not understand,” expressed Mary Lloyd, a neighbor to Cecilia Wilson.

She blamed the Police for not expediting their investigations on the matter saying rights of the defiled girls are at stake.

While confirming the development, Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Lameck Thembachako Yona said the matter was reported at Chilobwe Police Unit but he said he did not have enough information.

“I will come back to you once I get the details on the matter from Chilobwe Police which handled it,” promised Thembachako who never fulfilled his promise.

Defilement is contrary to section 138 of the penal code and it attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, according to Child Justice Magistrate, Esmie Tembenu.

 

The penal code was amended in 2010 putting defilement age at 16 from the previous age of 13.

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