The President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika has ordered the police and traditional rulers to investigate all men and parents involved in a practice where a man is hired to sleep with young girls after their first menstruation for “sexual cleansing”, BBC reports.
Over the weekend, BN brought you the story of a man Eric Aniva, nicknamed “hyena” who gets paid between $4 and $7 to sleep with young girls after their first menstruation.
The bizarre practice also involves the “hyena” sleeping with any woman who just had an abortion and widows, before their husbands are buried.
The sad part of the story was that Aniva confessed to being HIV positive and was still carrying out the act on women and girls in the community. Click here to read it.
Aniva had told a BBC reporter, Ed Butler that there are 10 of them in his community and each community in the Nsanje district had at least one “hyena”.
Aniva has been arrested, following the president’s orders, for defilement of girls.
According to BBC, a statement from the president’s office read:
All people involved in this malpractice should be held accountable for subjecting their children and and women to this despicable evil.
These practices not only cast a shadow on the hard-earned achievements my government has made on issues such as violence and HIV prevention, they also go against a vision of development that seeks to ensure that the youth, and in particular young girls, are able to achieve their full potential.
Furthermore, these horrific practices, although done by a few, also tarnish the image of the whole nation of Malawi internationally and bring shame to us all.
And since Eric Aniva confessed to be HIV positive and that he never uses protection in his evil acts against the innocent girls and women, he should further be investigated for exposing the young girls to contracting HIV and be charged accordingly.
Photo Credit: Ed Butler/BBC