A 35-year-old woman from Chilomoni Township in Blantyre is battling for life at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) after her husband burnt her using an electric iron.
Confirming the development, Blantyre Police spokesperson Elizabeth Divala said the woman, Rose Mandevu, was being suspected by her husband Daniel of having an extra marital affair.
“They fought over the issue on Tuesday night and the man eventually locked up the bedroom door and set up the electric iron which he used to burn his wife on the back, thigh, arm and chest.
“Even though Rose tried to scream, nobody heard her and it was in the morning when neighbours discovered the incident and reported the matter to police,” explained Divala.
She added that the mother of three, who has been married to the man for five years, is currently being treated at QECH Burns Unit.
“According to neighbours, this is not the first time Mandevu has injured his wife; he has been abusing her by either beating or ill-treating her in many other ways,” said Divala.
Mandevu is currently in police custody and will be taken to court soon to answer charges of an act intended to cause grievous harm.
According to Divala, when found guilty, the maximum sentence for the offence is 14 years.
Daniel hails from Mandevu Village in the area of Traditional Authority Somba in Blantyre.