An 18 year old woman,Linda Phulani has been hospitalised and is currently fighting for her life after a brutal beating with chains and a steel rod by her husband that left her with life-threatening injuries.
According to a report by Malawi News Agency, Hospital officials said Linda lost a lot of blood and would need blood transfusion and an operation on the wounds.
Linda could not talk to Mana but in a police statement seen by Mana, the victim said she was beaten by her husband when she went to see her friend in the same neighborhood without her husband’s consent.
The statement further states that since she got married in January this year, her husband did not allow her to visit friends and on Thursday, April 16th Linda went to visit a neighbour, when she came back the husband accused her of going out with other men.After ordering her to undress so that he could inspect if she had had sex, Yasini used chains and steel rods to beat her, making her seat on a hot stove, scalding her buttocks.He beat her till she lost consciousness.
He only left her when he thought she was dead after she fainted. He later had a change of heart and rushed her to a local hospital.
Linda’s father Willy Phulani told Mana that the family has been receiving reports of his daughter’s troubled marriage and they sent relatives to check on her, but she assured them that she was fine.
“Our daughter eloped with the man without our consent and we have been hearing reports that she was in an abusive marriage,” he said.
The suspect Yasini who is in police custody at Mchinji Police told Mana that he has been hearing rumours about his wife’s infidelity and suspected she was with another man.
The suspect: John Yasini
“I am a good person and have never committed any crime in my life I did not intend to harm my wife; it is the work of the devil. I wish her well, in fact am the one who took her to a local clinic in our area when I saw her injuries,” narrated a shabby looking Saini.
Mchinji police Public Relations Officer said Yasini will be charged with unlawful wounding and is expected to appear before the court this week.