Experts red flag gender-based violence related murders

By Theophilus Chuma

Features Editor

GENDER-based violence has assumed a new form as the country continues to record shocking incidents where women are being murdered in cold blood by their husbands.

A young life prematurely ended and 20-year-old Faith Pirikisi is one of over twenty victims of gender-based violence, allegedly killed by people who are supposed to love and protect them between 2020 and 2021.

On January 9 this year, Faith Pirikisi was allegedly murdered in cold blood by her husband, who was to commit suicide after the incident.

After getting information on the woman’s death, we drove to meet her parents in Zengeza 3, Chitungwiza.

The details of her death as described by her father left us all in a state of shock.
“The husband bought a new knife which he used to cut off her throat, chest and abdomen. I do not understand the nature of anger that drove him to murder her like that. I am hurt deeply,” said John Pirikisi, father to the late young woman.

The wound is just too much to bear and it will be a long time before tears dry up.

Faith would have been turning 21 on February 18.

Her death gives insight into a cancer tearing through many communities.

“The trend is very worrying because women are losing lives. The death of a single woman is just too much and the wave that we are witnessing now is quite shocking and devastating,” said Rotinna Mafume Mazara, Communication and Advocacy Officer Musasa Project.

Experts have described murder perpetrated by a spouse or partner as a shadow pandemic that is facing the country following a series of cases between 2020 and 2021.