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“My imprisonment will not stop others from practising a custom which has been in existence for over 100 years” – Man contracted to sleep with widows and underage girls 

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Eric Aniva

Eric Aniva

An HIV-positive Malawian man, Eric Aniva, who admitted to having sex with more than 100 women and underage girls and not disclosing his HIV status, has been found guilty of Indulging in Harmful Practices contrary to section 5 of the Gender Equality Act.

Aniva, also known as “hyena” is contracted to sleep with widows immediately after the death of their husbands in what is called “widow cleansing”. This, according to the custom, is to ‘exorcise’ the spirits of their deceased husbands.

Aniva also sleeps and underage girls immediately after their first menstruation to usher them into womanhood. The girls do not have a say in this tradition.

Aniva, 45, was found guilty on Friday on two counts after a one-day trial in a packed courtroom in the district of Nsanje.

“It is clear … that the state has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was engaging in harmful practices. I find you guilty and convict you accordingly,” the magistrate, Innocent Nebi, said, adding that sentencing would be on November 22.

“I dared to reveal what I have been practising. But my arrest, prosecution and even imprisonment will not stop others from practising a custom which has been in existence for over 100 years,” Aniva said outside court.

President Peter Mutharika of Malawi ordered his arrest in July after he confessed on the BBC Interview.

The president had wanted him tried for defiling young girls, but none came forward to testify against him, BBC reported.

Instead Aniva was tried for “harmful cultural practice” under section five of Malawi’s Gender Equality Act for having sex with new widows, and two women testified against him.

Photo Credit: Ed Butler/BBC

13 Comments

  1. A Real Nigerian

    November 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I want to throw up all over this sad, disgusting man.

  2. Damilola

    November 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    This man is sickening and should die in prison actually hanged. Just because a practice has been going on for years doesn’t make it right and justifiable. Sigh.

  3. naya

    November 20, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    This man is evil

  4. Dora

    November 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Sickening indeed. Too many typos and grammatical errors in this typo. Writer/BN pls take note

  5. o

    November 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    We are beginning to sound like broken records. Haba BN!!! Check your headline. No one is above mistakes but you make the same errors everyday n we have been saying same everyday. O ga. The standard has seriously fallen what is happening????

    This man is crazy. He’s not even sober. He deserves a slow painful death. Knew his status but continued defiling the poor girls.

  6. Flexe

    November 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    And people like you will continue to be punished….HIV is even small, worse is coming. Amoeba histolytica!!!

  7. Marian

    November 20, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    What have they done to educate people in areas where they still practice this cleansing thing? The guy is right, putting him away is just a bandaid effect. Unfortanately some parents will still continue this evil practice. They were born into this sorta thing and raised to accept it as the norm. It’s just soo sad.

    • tunmi

      November 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      That is true. Kudos to the two women who testified against him. I really hope there is massive re-education and reorientation that won’t push people away. The last thing this situation needs is for any intervention to, how do I say this, (be on a high horse).

  8. Atreides

    November 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Disgusting piece of shit.

    • Change

      November 22, 2016 at 4:37 am

      Although this guy is wrong, he is part of a bigger system/society of men and women who see nothing wrong in this act. As harsh as it may sound, he is a just a player in the bigger game/system. The system needs to change. Both men and women are guilty of upholding this disgusting tradition.

  9. suga

    November 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Africans eeh!may God forbid!

  10. Anon

    November 21, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Oh look, a gender equality act.

  11. mulikat

    November 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    u see some reason why black people ,are black in brain not only skin.why on earth ,tradition like this only happen amoung black people,cleaning of death late husband,widow sleep with other men Immedately husband die,even HIV men.another good thing that other black people do, that not happen in naija,i thank God we are out of this bad 1.

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