Investigations Into Allegations Mzimba Police Beat-up Girl Inducing Abortion
Malawi Police Professional Standards Unit has moved in to investigate allegations that some officers at Mzimba police station beat-up an under - aged girl inducing an abortion in the process.
The police had gone to the girl's home to force her withdraw from marriage and return to school because she is underage.
The alleged police beating, which occurred on December 13 last year, is thought to have led to the loss of the girl’s two and a half months pregnancy.
She was admitted to Mzimba hospital for one week for post abortion medical care.
Team leader for the professional standards unit from Mzuzu, Elizabeth Mwampheta, has confirmed the investigations but refused to diverge any further details.
Mzimba Civil Society Organisation chairperson, Teckson Amadu, whose group earlier threatened to take legal action against the police told Zodiak Online that their expectation now is to see the police officers who are being suspected of wrong-doing arrested.
“This is a start towards a positive direction that we have been anticipating. Suffice to say that we assume taking investigations is something else and arresting is also something else,” said Amadu adding “But we are happy that at least they have committed themselves to one of our demands that the case be investigated, so it’s a start,” said Amadu.
The 16-year-old girl was living together with a boy who, police say, had escaped from Chirwa Reformatory Center years back.
It is alleged that while the girl was being released some officers started beating her up in the presence of her parents who later took her to Mzimba hospital where it was observed she had lost pregnancy.