Plan International has hailed mobile courts operating in Mzimba, saying they are helping gender-based violence (GBV) victims access justice within their communities, thereby developing trust in the justice system.
Speaking after a mobile court hearing last weekend at Ekwendeni in Mzimba where the court travelled to hear a defilement case, Plan International child protection officer Silence Banda said the absence of courts in the rural areas denies the citizenry access to justice.
He said with mobile courts, people can attend court sessions and appreciate the punishments being given to culprits.
Banda said Plan International handles about 11 cases in a year.
“We have been conducting mobile courts for five years to ensure that victims have access to justice,” he said.
Mzuzu Police Station assistant spokesperson Paul Tembo said the mobile courts will also help promote a good relationship between police and communities as they will be encouraged to report cases after noting that culprits are being punished. n