Lilongwe, TheNational Police Headquarters in Lilongwe has bemoaned the increase of defilement cases in the country.
Child Protection Officer for the National Police Headquarters, Assistant Superintendant Alexander Ngwala made the remarks Saturday during a community policing meeting which was held at Senior Chief Mazengera’s headquarters in Lilongwe.
Ngwala said Malawi registered 1,037 cases of defilement in 2016 compared to 830 cases in 2015.
It is very sad that the number of cases of defilement increased last year from 830 in 2015 to 1,037 in 2016 with Lilongwe as the worst. Again it is very sad because perpetrators of such cases are usually related to the girls in one way or another.
The recent sad incident happened in Mulanje where a woman was actually begging her husband to sleep with a young girl. Police arrested both of them, said Ngwala.
He urged members of the community to report perpetrators of sexual abuse to relevant authorities to curb the malpractice.
On her part, Senior Chief Mazengera said, she would not tolerate any cases of defilement in her area and has since advised all local leaders to take a leading role in protecting the young girls.
Let’s protect the young girls, they are our future caregivers, said Mazengera.
Florida Banda who is in form one at Chinkuti community day secondary school who wishes to be a nurse when she completes her education said it was no secret that sexual violence was happening in different forms including her own community in Mitundu.
She said it is sad that a lot of young girls are suffering in silence.
We can’t trust anyone these days and it is unfortunate that perpetrators of teenage sexual abuses include close relatives, boyfriends or classmates and step fathers, teachers and faith leaders and many others, said Florida.
Defilement in Malawi is contrary to section 138 of the penal code.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA