Statistics indicate 50 children under the age of 16 are sexually abused in Blantyre district per month.
According to records at one stop centre at Queen Elizabeth in Blantyre on average 2 cases are reported at the centre each day.
This has been revealed in Blantyre during women march against rape and sexual violence organized by Women Doctors Association of Malawi and other women groups in a bid to take stance and unified forces for authorities to take action against the vice.
According to Mpatso Nawena a clinical officer at Queen Elizabeth in Blantyre and based at one stop centre a department that receives and records cases of sexual violence in the district, said from January to date 563 of defilement cases have been recorded at the centre.
Nawena therefore urged the authorities in Malawi to take strong measures to address the vice through giving staffer sentences to offenders that would act as a deterrent to others.
” There is a need to civic educate the public on issues of sexual abuse and change punishments to deter would be offenders”, Said Mphatso.
Presenting the petition at civic offices sibusiso Manda, from Living Hope Network said authorities have been given 90 days ultimatum to address the challenges of rape and defilement that women and girls are facing in Malawi.
Manda also concurred with Nawena on the need for Malawi judicial system to slap perpetrators of sexual violence stiffer penalties to end the malpractice.
Similar demonstrations were conducted in Lilongwe and Mzuzu.