Woman finds refuge at Msasa Project

HARARE - A Harare woman has sought refuge at Msasa Project after suffering repeated assaults from her husband, a court heard.

Melody Garakara told magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami that she ran away from her matrimonial home because her husband, Shakemore Mashanje assaults her and forces her to have unprotected sex with him even though she is living with HIV.

Msasa Project is an organisation that deals with marriage problems, such as domestic violence, child support, teenage pregnancy, and the development of widowed and divorced women.

Garakara yesterday dragged Mashanje before the Harare Civil Court seeking a protection order against him.

She told the court she gave Mashanje a token of divorce because she is HIV positive but he refused.

“I ran away from home because of his assaults and sought refuge at Msasa Project. I gave him a token of divorce but he refused and is forcing me to have sex with him,” said Garakara.

“With my status, I do not think it is good to continue having sexual relations with a man because I am HIV positive. If I refuse to make love to him, he calls me a prostitute and claims that I am having sexual relations with other men,” she added.

Garakara said she wants Mushanje to stop assaulting and verbally abusing her.

Mushanje refuted his wife’s allegations saying the two were not yet divorced.

“She is still my wife because I did not receive any token of divorce. What she is saying is not true because I have never assaulted her or forced her to have sex with me,” Mushanje said.

Magistrate Muvhami ordered Mushanje not to physically, verbally and emotionally abuse his wife.

He was also ordered to stop forcing Garakara to have sex with him and to always observe peace towards her.

Comments (2)

is the Kilimanjaro husband also hiv+?

arts - 21 February 2014

hie please am in need of a divorce laywer,for my sister,she has been enstranged from her husband for 18years.now she has applied for divorce and unemployed,the cost of laywers is prooving beyond her means.she has found new love and wants to remarry.

faith - 18 April 2018

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