Men must report GBV – NGOCC

Men should not feel ashamed when abused by their spouses but report any form of Gender Based Violence (GBV), the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has charged.

In an interview with the Daily Nation NGOCC Chairperson Ms. Sarah Longwe said any form of violence on an individual is a crime.

She said GBV remained a crime regardless of who committed it.

“It is a crime by whoever does it, whether it is a man or a woman and in the case of a woman, we need to investigate whether she was defending herself or not,” Ms. Longwe said.

Reacting to a matter in which a man of Lusaka identified as Muhamed Ashim was allegedly assaulted with boiled water by his wife Catherine Mutonga, Ms. Longwe said the man should have complained to the authorities earlier and since called on men to report women who are violent.

“This could have been prevented if that man came out in the open, we as a Women’s Movement condemn violence whether it is done by a man or a woman,” she said.

Mrs Longwe called on both men and women to speedily report any form of GBV and that people should not be waiting until the last minute before reporting such cases which may ultimately result in fatal results if left unchecked.

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