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Forced circumcision earns Chikwawa man K100,000 fine

Written by  Joel Chiheni Phiri

The Chikwawa First Grade Magistrate's Court on Friday fined an 18 year old man identified as Wifred Chafudzika a total sum of K100,000 for abducting and forcibly circumcising 40 year old Nickson Lamposi.

Benjamin: This is a violation of one's right Benjamin: This is a violation of one's right

According to court documents, the court found Chafudzika guilty after evidence presented in the court worked against him.

And in an interview, Chikwawa Police Publicist Foster Benjamin said the incident occurred on 30 July this year at an initiation camp within Morgen Village in Traditional Authority Katunga in the district.

"Lamposi met his fate when he tried to rescue his son who had fallen into the hands of fortune-seeking initiators," said Benjamin.

"After Lamposi approached the initiators to negotiate for the release of his son whom they had forcefully taken for initiation, the initiators held Lamposi too and forced circumcision on him against his wishes. They only released him the following day after he paid K7,000 as fine," explained Benjamin.

Benjamin said Police arrested the culprit and three other accomplices after Lamposi lodged a complaint against them. However in court, the other three were acquitted of the charges.

In court the accused denied the charges prompting Police to parade five state witnesses against the accused.

The State, through Police Prosecutor Danford Otala asked for a harsh sentence taking into account that the victim was circumcised without his consent.

First Grade Magistrate echoed the state's plea and said the accused had acted inhumanely and disregarded the right of the victim hence deserving a hefty fine. He then ordered him to pay K100,000 as compensation to the victim.

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