A family of nine-year-old boy in Chikwawa district has filed a lawsuit demanding damages amounting to K10 million from Ministry of Health through Chikhwawa District Hospital after the boy suffered disfigurement due to forced circumcision.
The boy (name withheld) of Chipakuza Village, T/A Lundu in Chikhwawa, was found by his father dumped dumped close to his home by staff of Ministry of Health’s Support for Service Delivery and Integration (SSDI).
SSDI is a component in the Ministry of Health, which receives support from USAID to conduct male circumcision operations through a campaign dubbed Sankhani HIV prevention project.
The victim’s family through private practice Lawyer, Patience Maliwa, of Knight and Knight, served the lawsuit to the Attorney General (AG) and Chikhwawa District Hospital arguing a fundamental right of the minor was violated and that in the whole scheme of events, the father was not respected as the parent of the victim.
The child was taken along with other unidentified minors after they had been coaxed by some sweets, juices and biscuits before being given Lifebuoy Soap as an antibacterial cleansing substance for the wounds
The father complained that the people involved, forcefully circumcised his son against values and customs of the Sena culture.
he claimed that his efforts to get the matter resolved at district level did not materialize owing to lack of cooperation on the part of Chikhwawa DHO.
The Ministry is yet to respond to the lawsuit.