LHRC sounds alarm over increased killings of women

KILLINGS targeting women and girls are on the rise as rights group mention cyber bullying and intimate partner homicide as main factors.

The Legal and Human Right Centre (LHRC) has joined other rights activists in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and calls for legal reforms and community participation to end the killings.

Speaking at a press conference held in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, LHRC Executive Director Anna Henga quoted a Police Force report released this year stating that 472 incidents have been reported this year.

Advocate Henga added that in 2018, a total of 544 incidents were registered while 487 cases were reported in 2019 and the figures jumped to 531 and 554 in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

“Killings targeting women and girls are no longer a new issue in the world and specifically in Tanzania. Generally, the trend is going up,” the LHRC executive director told reporters.

She mentioned factors behind the killings targeting the said groups are being linked to intimate partner homicide, superstition and non-intimate partner homicide.

“What to contemplate is the deliberate killings of women are being accepted and tolerated by the community…,” she said.

In Tanzania, the right activist said, there are four types of deliberate killings of women, intimate partner homicide being among.

Describing it, she said, the intimate partner homicide involves husband, fiancée and divorced couples.

“This type of killing is consuming the lives of a number of women in Tanzania. Human Right reports of 2019, 2020 and 2021 reported over 50 incidents linked to intimate partner homicide, 95 percent of victims were women.

The LHRC czar mentioned other three types of killings targeting women and girls as those related to traditions, sexual abuse and none-intimate partner homicide.

Explaining why the group is the main target of such killings, she said, the majority of women are economically poor hence they have no confidence to fight for their rights.

Other factors outdated traditional practices, lack of education, marriages and position of women in the society and legal related matters.

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