Law enforcement agencies in Phalombe have challenged local structures in the district to report human rights violations against minors to relevant authorities for action.
Second Grade Magistrate for Chiringa Court, Steve Samati, has told Zodiak Online Monday that most children are facing numerous forms of abuse in their areas and reporting to the court and police can greatly curb the vice.
“We are handling numerous cases concerning children at the court and I believe that there are a lot of children that are subjected to various forms of abuses but people do not want to report to relevant authorities,” said Samati.
Samati said there are existing laws that protect children and if abuses such as defilement, rape, and negligence to take care of children remain unreported, children will continue suffering in silence.
Point of Progress Project Coordinator for Girls Get Equal in Phalombe, Gibson Banda has encouraged communities to take an active role in reporting such cases in the wake of the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy where most children are exposed.
Banda has since urged stakeholders to ensure that there is coordination when handling cases that affect children to enhance the delivery of justice.
Point of Progress is implementing a five-year project in Phalombe dubbed Girls Get Equal with financial support from Plan Malawi aimed at ending child marriages and harmful cultural practices that hinder girl child from achieving her dreams.