For Immediate Release
5th September 2018
NGOCC URGES POLICE TO ARREST MAN FOR ABUSING AN UNCONSCIOUS
AND DEFENCLESS WOMAN IN EASTERN PROVINCE
THE Non-governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has been alerted to a ‘disgusting’ video of a man in Eastern Province who was exposing the nakedness of an unconscious woman after allegedly raping her.
As an organisation we are deeply saddened by the conduct of the man in the video, who was sexually abusing the unconscious woman while filming the ordeal. We would like to urge the police to immediately institute investigations and arrest the man for what is clearly a rape case. The man took advantage of the unconsciousness of the woman to sexually abuse her which is most inhumane and cruel.
The conduct of the man is the worst form of indignity against a fellow human being especially against a woman. NGOCC has since instructed its members in Petauke to help the police to identify the woman in question so that she can help the police with investigations and in identifying the man.
This case yet again epitomizes the entrenched patriarchy and the structural challenges that women face every day. It is clear that moral decay is at its worst in our society, as evidenced by the sad incident in Petauke. We urge the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs to sensitise citizens of our national values as enshrined in the Republican Constitution.
CHILUFYA C. SIWALE