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Mozambique registered about 25,000 cases of domestic violence in 2016, a situation that worries government officials.
“We can not allow these inhuman and macabre acts to carry on in our country. We have to put an end to this behaviour,” Minister of Gender, Children and Social Action Cidália Chaúque said.
Chaúque was speaking yesterday in Maputo during a seminar organized by national public broadcaster Radio Mozambique celebrating the month of the woman, where she focused on domestic violence against women.
The minister said the highest number of domestic violence cases were committed against women, followed by children. A total of 12,585 cases of violence were registered against females and 9,000 against children.
These numbers show an increase of 1,000 cases compared with 2015.
According to the minister, physical and moral offences and other forms of violence, especially against women, must be fought by society as a whole. “We should all be involved in this fight,” she said.
Chauque said that the government has done its part through human rights awareness actions and providing assistance to victims of violence.
“We have also carried out training in this regard, as well as implementing strategies to combat premature marriages, especially in the central and northern regions of the country,” she said.
The seminar comes at a time when domestic violence against men is featuring in the media. At least four men have been burned with cooking oil by their partners this year.Source: AIM Moçambiqe