By: Vincent Gunde
MINISTRY CONDEMNS POLICE WOMAN UNDRESSED BY DEMONSTRATORS
The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, has noted with great concern that a police woman officer who was on the line of duty was beaten and undressed in Lilongwe during the on-going HRDC demonstrations held on Tuesday, 6th August, 2019.
The Ministry describes the development as unbelievable undressing a woman in full view of the organisers of the demonstrations saying the action is both legally and morally wrong.
It is alleged that the woman believed to be a CID officer was spotted by someone amongst the demonstrators as to what she was doing and her presence after the Inspector General of Police, Rodney Jose PPM publicly announcing to the world that the police have failed to contain the violent demonstrations.
Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Honourable Mary Thom Navicha
In the press statement signed by the Minister responsible for Gender, Mary Thom Navicha, dated 6th August, 2019, the Ministry says it is disappointed with the continued dehumanization of women’s rights and dignity in the ongoing demonstrations perpetrated by the HRDC.
The Ministry says silence from the high level of officials and organisers of the demos is clearly demonstrating that they endorsed this incident of dehumanization of a woman being undressed in full public view.
On the sad note, the Ministry strongly beamons the police teargassing of a Kangaroo ward at Bwaila District Hospital which affected patients including women and the newly born children as a result of the demonstrators running towards the hospital to hide.
The Ministry is requesting the people participating in the demonstrations to avoid places such as hospitals to ensure that the routes that they use do not expose women and children to such needless danger.
The Ministry has also noted with great concern the use of children to promote demonstrations as witnessed by a video clip in circulation on social media.
It says children have rights to grow up in a secure environment and exposing them to such may impact their growth and development saying the right to hold demonstrations doesnot supersede other rights.
The Ministry finally says the holding of the peaceful demonstrations doesnot sanction illegal activities such as damaging property and causing injury to people, and most especially, undressing women.
Meanwhile, the UTM, one of party’s supporting the ongoing HRDC alongside the MCP, has strongly condemns the barbaric actions of undressing a woman police officer in full view of the public.