Women in Rwanda are still suffering from physical harassment, in urban and rural areas; although some cases remain confidential according to culture. In northern part of Rwanda, where polygamy is still practiced, and where men drink Kanyanga(spirit alcohol from Uganda), beating a wife is as current as lunch. Some men are also harassed, but such crimes are becoming common up to death.
A woman in Rubaya Sector of Gicumbi(neighboring Ugnda), feels unsecure over harassment of her husband. He beats her too much, until her right arm became impaired in the elbow. Her face is full of fresh injuries, “these are for yesterday” she says showing and touching.
The lady is hopeless, as she is beaten every day, whenever the man comes back from Kanyanga pubs.
The mother of five kids, assumes all conflicts are based on economy, because the husband wants her leave home, especially during harvest time, and “let him manage production as he wants”. This constitutes an economic violence.
However, she is willing to leave forever, but legally. She has informed local authorities but in vain. “I have left and been at my parents’ so many times. Most of time, she beats me when we head to harvesting. I flee, and come back later, while stocks are empty”, she reveals to Umuseke.com.
She fears he should kill her, as he never observes harmful parts while beating her. “he shoots everywhere: face, abdomen, back…”, she adds showing her impaired right arm and new injuries in the face. However, the husband doesn’t agree with allegations, he denies everything about violence.
Statistics show that family conflicts go higher and victims are mostly females. In 2013, on 264 cases (murder, suicide, assault related to family conflicts), 242 were females, and were 271 in 2014. On a way the research on Intra-family conflicts, IRDP says that in the last two decades following the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, the Rwandan society witnessed family members that have quarreled to the extent of killing one another, despite efforts to promote family in Rwanda.
In this way, the new law no 32/2016 governing persons and family is far from being in practice. Provisions in article no 209 about management of the household, give responsibility to both spouse over home administration. “Spouses jointly provide management of the household including moral and material support to the household as well as its maintenance”.
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