HRC demands arrest of perpetrators ill-treating adulterous woman
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has demanded the arrest of people who indecently assaulted an alleged adulterous woman in a video circulating on social media.
The commission said there was no justification for people to take the law into their own hands and subject the woman to inhuman, cruel and degrading treatment.
Commission Director Florence Chibwesha said in a media statement issued to ZANIS yesterday that her organisation is deeply concerned about the inhuman acts perpetrated on the woman.
Ms Chibwesha urged the Zambia Police to institute investigations and arrest the perpetrators for violating her rights.
She said the commission has on many occasions condemned all forms of mob justice as it is an affront on the law and infringes on the human rights of the accused.
Chibwesha advised the concerned woman to report the matter to the Police and the Human Rights Commission to seek redress for her rights that were violated.
She noted that instant mob justice breeds cycles of violence and impunity and ultimately undermine the rule of law.
Ms Chibwesha said the commission will continue to undertake broad sensitisation and educational campaigns to improve public understanding of the criminal justice system and discourage mob justice.