Isoka woman defends husband despite him pouring boiling water on her
A 36-year-old woman of Isoka district in Muchinga Province is battling for her life in the district hospital after suffering serious burns after her husband allegedly poured hot water on her following a domestic dispute.
Gender and Child development deputy minister Esther Banda who is on tour of Muchinga province to check on the performance of women clubs, took time to visit the woman who is a victim of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the hospital.
Ms Banda who was accompanied by the District Administrative officer Alex Sinkala, Heads of government departments and PF women provincial Chairlady Charity Chifuna, among others was shocked and disappointed that the woman despite being in a serious pain is protecting her husband who inflicted the injuries on her.
Contrary to the police medical report that indicates that the woman was assaulted by her husband, the named woman told the Minister and her entourage that she fell from a table onto a boiling pot.
The woman later told the Minister that she was ready to disclose what really happened if she can be allowed to meet her alone in the office.
Hospital authorities quickly arranged for a closed door meeting where she again told Ms Banda that she had nothing new to tell her apart from her earlier testimony that she fell from the table onto a boiling pot.
Briefing the press outside the hospital ward, Ms Banda said the battle against GBV will only be won if affected people came out in the open to tell the public how they have been abused or injured.
Ms Banda said concealing information on GBV, defilement and incest cases happening in many homes is the biggest challenge being faced in many rural parts of the country.
She has since appealed to members of the public to be proactive in the fight against GBV, defilement and incest cases in their communities and ensure that such cases are reported to the law enforcement agencies for action.
She has also appealed to the police in the area to fully investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, a middle aged man from Mungwi district has been admitted to the male surgical ward of Isoka district hospital in Muchinga Province after losing his manhood in bizarre circumstances after allegedly having sex with a married woman.
The identified man of Makasa village in Mungwi district who had gone to Chief Chibale in Chama district to harvest timber is alleged to have had sex with a married woman and there after lost his manhood.
Hospital authorities are trying to preserve what has remained from the man’s private parts to enable him pass urine.