The Non -governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has welcomed the High Court ruling in which Judge Betty Mung’omba has acquitted Elizabeth Lungu of Mtendere Compound for alleged murder of her husband Anthony Nkhoma.
NGOCC Board Chairperson Sara Longwe said the judgment resonates the organisation’s sentiments advanced in earlier statements that most of the women who kill their husbands do so in self defense.
Ms Longwe noted that in many instances where women kill their husbands, investigations have shown that such women would have been victims of domestic violence who act in self defense.
“We further note that in the past, courts have found women in similar circumstances guilty of murder without giving due recognition of the circumstances that would have led to the death,” Ms Longwe said
She, however, said she does mot condone any form of Gender Based Violence (GBV) whether perpetuated by women or men.
Ms Longwe called on the investigative wings to consider the extenuating factors in cases where women have been accused of murdering their spouses.
“We reiterate our calls for families to get involved in resolving family problems in marriages and relationships where there is a serious breakdown of spousal relations for us to arrest the rise in cases of women accused of murdering their partners and vice versa, “she said.
She thanked the judiciary for taking steps in appreciating the extenuating factors surrounding women who find themselves in cases of GBV.
“The rest remains for us as a society to engage couples into counseling and alternative dispute resolution so as to make marriage safe for all,” Ms Longwe noted.