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Malawi court orders arrest of Pakistan mom for racism, baby abduction

10 June 2016, 16:06

Lilongwe – A Malawi court has ordered the arrest of a Pakistan mother for racism and alleged abduction of a baby, a report said on Friday.

According to Nyasa Times, a Malawian man Thando Mhango impregnated Salma Sattar's daughter Aisha Kali, but, she did not approve of their relationship.

Sattar and Kali were of Asian origin and were Muslims while Mhango was black and a Christian.

Sattar reportedly claimed that their relationship was against her culture.

However, in 2015- before Kali gave birth- Sattar changed her mind and made a pact with Mhango that he would be given the baby after birth but he should end the relationship with her daughter.

The court heard that after Kali gave birth, the two sneaked out of the country without notifying Mhango, forcing him to seek court’s help.

Passing down judgement Senior Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba said that the police should investigate and prosecute Sattar for a criminal offence "bordering on child trafficking or infanticide or homicide". 

He further stated that the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) must investigate Sattar for allegedly discriminating Mhango on grounds of race, color and religion.

This was not the first time that a baby was abducted in the southern African country.

According to Malawi24 a newly born baby at Phalombe Health Centre in Phalombe district was abducted while the mother went to the toilet.

The child's mother Tressa Mukoko Kasowa, 18, claimed that the incident happened four hours after she had given birth.

Police spokesperson Sub-Inspector Augustus Nkhwazi said that the police were investigating.

Nkhwazi said that the police suspect that the thieves might have abducted the child after the hospital lights went out.

- News 24


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