The acquittal of Game Stores manager Vincent Palan on sexual assault is a hindrance in the fight against women abuse, the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) has said.
YWCA Executive Director Lucy Lungu said laws should be enacted to protect women from any form of abuse.
‘’It is unfortunate that perpetrators of abuse of women have continued going scot free , we have very sad over the acquittal of Game Store Manager Vincent Palan on sexual assault
‘’As the country we need to relook at the laws that protect women from any abuse in work places , as current laws are not adequate to protect women in work places, ‘’she said.
On Thursday, the Lusaka Magistrates Court acquitted Mr Palan of sexual assault.
And the Non-Governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has called for the review of the penal code to protect women against sexual harassment and sexual abuse.
NGOCC Board Chairperson Sarah Longwe said at a media briefing yesterday that the current penal code makes it difficult to provide evidence against perpetrators of sexual offences.
Ms Longwe called on organisations to develop gender workplace policies with clear guidelines to avert sexual harassment.
“The Palan case has just exposed the existence of indecent assault and sexual abuse in workplace in Zambia. We are aware that cases of sexual abuse are rampant therefore the need for organisations to develop gender workplace policies with clear guidelines to avert sexual harassment,” she said.
Ms Longwe advised Mukamuluti Mwila to appeal the case in which she accused Mr Palan of sexual assault.
‘’We would like to congratulate Mukamuluti Mwila for her bold decision to report the matter to the police. This case even if it has gone against her, has exposed inadequacies in the law but we advise her to appeal the case to the High Court,” he said. – Courtesy MILLENNIUM RADIO 90.5