Zimbabwe continues to grapple with the challenge of domestic violence amid shocking revelations that over 45 000 cases of gender based violence (GBV) are being recorded in the country annually.
Domestic violence cases remain on the increase despite various efforts by both the government and the civil society to contain the vice.
Concerns have also been raised that victims of GBV sometimes have nowhere to seek refuge and end up being abused by those who are supposed to protect them.
Such stories of betrayal are being recorded within the family set up where violence is perpetrated by women against fellow women.
Gaps in research means daughters in law continue to suffer a silent struggle leading to emotional stress.
Lately, the country has witnessed an upsurge of violence perpetrated against women through social media.
Within this context, the Anti-Domestic Violence Council is developing a five year strategic plan that addresses such issues.
In a story that rocked the Indian society early last year where a husband was sentenced to an effective jail time for driving his wife to suicide, the honourable supreme of that country was quoted as saying ‘a daughter in law should be treated as family member not as housemaid, and she cannot be thrown out of her matrimonial home. The manner in which sometimes the bride is treated in many a home by the husband, in-laws and relatives creates a feeling of emotional numbness within society.’
Like a moth, the rights of women continue to be eroded and therefore calls for intensive awareness and strategies to ensure zero tolerance towards this vice.