Court orders police to compensate Msundwe victims

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The High Court in Lilongwe has today ordered the police to compensate women and girls who were sexually harassed by the men in uniform at Msundwe.

An assessment on the amount to be compensated is expected to be determined by the court’s registrar within 21 days.

Delivering his judgment, High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda also ordered that the police investigate the case and submit a report to court within 30 days of the judgment.

The Women Lawyers Association dragged the Malawi Police Service to Court as some of the survivors contracted sexually transmitted diseases.

A report by the Malawi Human Rights Commission established that police officers raped 13 women in October last year.

Among the group, one girl was defiled while three under-18 girls were sexually assaulted by police officers who were deployed to the area to restore order.

This happened during a political unrest in which a police officer was killed by angry residents.

 

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