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Fathers a Threat to Daughters in Nkhotakota

NKHOTAKOTA: Women of the central district of Nkhotakota in Malawi have expressed concern over an increase in rape cases of daughters or step daughters by their fathers.

Mrs. Amina Kaphala, a women representative said this during the commemoration of International Women’s Day which was organized by Concern World Wide in Chunga village in the area of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in the district.

According to the women, Kasamba is one of the areas in the district where rape and defilement cases by step fathers continue to be on the increase.

The women also expressed concern over an increase in school dropout rate among girls aged between 9 and 21, a development they attributed to forced early marriages and parent involvement in pre arranged marriages by parents for the girl child.

A group of women based at Chunga Village then sought advice and help from authorities on dealing with the malpractice.

The women also presented other grievances to authorities on the challenges they are currently facing such as being denied access to follow family planning methods.

The women also complained that their husbands forbid them to cook if he is not there, property grabbing by family members after the demise of the husband and lack of men involvement in seeking medical care for their children when sick.

Speaking in an interview with Zodiak Online, Concern World Wide Health and Nutrition Manager, Mr. Austin Mtali, said his organization is aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and enhance women economic empowerment and access to equal representation in various committees in their localities.

Concern World Wide started its operations in Nkhotakota in 2004 in areas of Health and Nutrition, Behavior change and Women empowerment among others.—Zodiak Online

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0 #4 Selene 2014-10-13 08:03
Hi, this weekend is fastidious for me, because this moment i am reading this impressive educational article
here at my home.
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0 #3 azungu 2012-04-08 20:24
Back in the day, for a couple of years during the late 80/early 90 timeframe, I lived and worked in Nkhotakota. I heard talk of "hyenas".

Is this related?
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-1 #2 mwai 2012-03-13 13:17
Peter there is a victim support unit in kk but the problem is ignorance.Most people arent aware that there is a victim support unit at the police.Other thing is that the kk community radio isnt doing much as far as sensitising the communities there on rights issues.Zodiak isnt a problem as they are just reporting what is on the ground.
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+1 #1 Peter Nkosi 2012-03-11 16:09
I wish that Zodiak would remember that their stories can be read not just by Malawians, but by anyone in the World. I wish that they could balance their negative stories of Malawi by finding something positive to say, perhaps by getting a response from the authorities.

In KK is there a Victim Support Unit with the police, and is there a Family Court where grievances can be settled?

If there is no help from the authorities, can other family members not give the offenders' gonads a good kicking? That would be something positive to write about.
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