By Cyrus Bengo
Malawian society relentlessly keeps throwing up different shades of outlaws that are wreaking havoc on the society and standing civilization on its head. In what would tend to suggest that deterrence has become less efficacious and incapable of swaying some felons from breaching the law, another sexual predator, a 40 something-Year-old man of god was apprehended, for allegedly raping his biological daughter on several occasions. I received a phone call today someone who has lost control of his mind, said on the phone he was gentle ( Inu munagwa mu Papaya), and she went on to blame the horrendous incident on the devil and the chilling weather arousing his ignoble and senseless sexual desire!
The dysfunctionality of the society manifesting in various dangerous shapes and forms of criminality calls for serious concern. No condition or circumstances would make acts of criminality excusable, there seems to be a nexus between the escalation of some crimes and the economic hardship in the land, such that there is a unidirectional flow between the aforementioned criminal acts and the parlous state of the economy. On the other hand, it is difficult to associate crimes verging on sexual assault, which have become rampant in the society, with poverty, and this absence of clear and reasonable motivation makes these variants of crime even more worrisome. Or how will the sadistic pleasure the outlaws derive from raping and defiling their victims alleviate their socioeconomic inadequacies?
In other words, it would appear that sexual assault as a crime is propelled by infantile motivations and usually committed by individuals who have lost their scruples. They hardly engage in the crime for any material or pecuniary gain. Rather, they commit the heinous violation of their victims based on impulse that thrives on their undisciplined mind. Or why would a full grown man execute the horrible idea of defiling biological daughter? Was this patently shameless man aware of the enormity of the crime he has committed and the dire consequences that could attend it? And could “he”possibly be of sound mind?
This incident, like many before it, would appear to border on insanity.
It is evident that the society has lost its moral rectitude. On this score, we urge, as we have done repeatedly here at Teamplus Television in the past, leaderships at all levels in the society to reform the society’s morals and values that have become largely warped. Specifically, there is the need to apprehend the spate of dysfunctionality in homes arising from ruptured marriages, as many criminals have been found to be products of broken homes.
Raising children of high standards of character and conduct in dysfunctional family settings can be a Herculean task. Similarly, it would not be out of place to interrogate the quality of instruction that pastors and Imams dish out to their members in their worship centres because the majority of the criminals disturbing the peace of the society belong to either of the two major religions, Islam and Christianity. These sets of religious leaders need to realise that the more their members fail to be responsible and law-abiding citizens, the more they exhibit the failures of their leaders and their religious organisations.
In the same vein, the question could be asked as to whether the traditional leaders, the custodians of culture and tradition, are properly playing their roles as opinion moulders and legitimisers of behaviours and conduct. And is the government providing exemplary leadership by being selfless and conducting state affairs strictly within the ambit of the law? The decadence in the society is deeply entrenched and it would require radical actions by all stakeholders to arrest the rot.