Cases of defilement continue to be registered in Malawi, despite the presence of a number of organisations propagating the protection of children’s rights.
Just last week, Police in Mchinji arrested 45 year old Peter Eliot for defiling and infecting a four year old girl with HIV.
Public Relations Officer for Mchinji Police Station Kaitano Lubrino, told the Malawi News Agency the suspect was arrested on July 6 following a complaint by the child’s mother.
According to Lubrino, medical reports revealed that the toddler had been defiled multiple times and was HIV positive.
The suspect confessed to police that he defiled the child two times as part of a ritual that would cleanse him from his sickness and help him attain wealth.
In Nkhotakota, the First Grade Magistrate Court this week sentenced 44 year old herbalist, to 12 years imprisonment for defiling a 14 year old girl.
Police in Mulanje are also keeping in custody a 14 year old boy for allegedly defiling a mentally challenged girl.
The public and child rights activists have been calling for stiffer punishments for perpetrators of the crime to stop the malpractice.