Rapists and defilers in Chikwawa District, especially in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kasisi’s area should brace for tough times ahead as one group village head (GVH) has declared that community members will report to police anyone involved in the malpractices.
GVH Fombe said this during an exit meeting of Unite for Body Rights Project organised by Centre for Victimised Women and Children (Cavwoc) at Hope Lodge in the district on Thursday.
While commending the positive results realised after Cavwoc’s interventions in the area, Fombe said most young girls were being victimised by those who employed them as house maids.
Without specifically giving out statistics on the same, the GVH said those who are considered as well-to-do people should stop employing girls who they later sexually abuse.
“We will arrest you if you continue doing that and we will make patrols in business areas where all girls found selling merchandise will be interrogated of their relations with owners of the businesses they are selling,” he said.
Commenting on the project, Cavwoc executive director Joyce Phekani said their exit was not something to worry about because the organisation has opened eyes of the many communities so that they were helped to understand various issues affecting their lives.
Cavwoc with support from other donors such as Simavi, has initiated various activities on youth-friendly services, gender based violence, safe motherhood, among others, in the areas of T/As Kasisi and Mulilima from 2011 to 2015. n