Tiyanjane Matchado, 25, is in agony at Nkhotakota District Hospital after three women battered her for allegedly having an affair with a husband of one of them.
The incident comes at a time when Malawi and the rest of the world are observing the United Nations (UN) sanctioned 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
In an interview on Monday at her hospital bed, Matchado, speaking amid sobs, said she was mercilessly beaten by the trio who inserted some unknown object into her private parts.
“Sunday’s tragic events keep haunting me. They tore my underwear and left me naked. I don’t know how I got into the hospital. They beat me up despite several attempts to stop them,” she said.
Matchado says on the fateful day, she spent a night at a lodge at the boma with the man she claimed was her fiance.
She said: “The man is my fiance. We have done all the marriage arrangements. I am surprised that the women are accusing me of having an affair with their husband.”
She later reported the matter to Nkhotakota Police Station.
The station’s spokesperson Williams Kaponda yesterday said they arrested the three and charged them with acts intended to cause grievous harm.
Kaponda identified Matchado’s attackers as Martha Joseph, 21 (wife), Nema Joseph, 23 and a minor. He said the suspects will be taken to court.
Kaponda said the man at the centre of the controversy is Julius Mbale, 27.
According to a medical report, Matchado is receiving treatment after sustaining soft tissue injuries in her private parts. n