Magistrate warns abusive husband

HARARE - A 52-year-old man claimed in court that he had the right to assault his “disrespectful” wife, arguing everyone else is doing so to instil discipline in their spouses.

James Chipfika told the court he beats his wife because she does not listen to him and is disrespectful.
Chipfika told the court that every woman, even those in court have been beaten by their spouses every time they went out of line.

“Beating a woman is not something new. I am sure all of the women in this court are beaten by their husbands when they misbehave. So if you are going to order me not to beat up my wife what should I do to her to ensure she toes the line? Inga wani vana vanorohwa vakaita misikanzwa? (Aren’t children given a beating when they misbehave?)” He protested in court.

Chipfika’s wife, Dambudzo, told the court she has been assaulted by her spouse for the past 30 years for no apparent reason and wanted the domestic violence to stop.

“I love my husband and don’t want to divorce. All I want is for him to stop assaulting me and just to love me as his wife. At times I don’t know why he is beating me up. Ndinorwadzirwa moyo (my heart bleeds),” she said emotionally.

In her ruling, magistrate Miriam Banda reprimanded Chipfika for enquiring from the magistrate how to discipline his wife and told him he will be in trouble the next time he beats her up.

“You are the reason why the Domestic Violence Act was implemented. And we want to see more men like you who feel they are their wife’s disciplinarian. I promise you this, if you lay your hand on her again you will be in big trouble,” said Banda.

Chipfika was ordered to observe peace and not to physically, verbally and emotionally assault his wife.

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