Hus­band locks out naked wife at night

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

A GWANDA woman has been granted a pro­tec­tion or­der against her abu­sive hus­band who was in the habit of lock­ing her out­side their house while naked in the mid­dle of the night.

Mrs Thalia Jukwa of Spitzkop Sub­urb also begged the court to grant her cus­tody of her three mi­nor chil­dren as her hus­band, Al­bert Jukwa, who is em­ployed as an elec­tri­cian at Zesa Gwanda of­fice, was deny­ing her ac­cess since she fled home.

Mrs Jukwa said she fled from her mat­ri­mo­nial home as her hus­band was threat­en­ing to kill her.

‘’I have three chil­dren with my hus­band aged one, three and six-years-old. He is in the habit of in­sult­ing and as­sault­ing me in full view of our chil­dren. Some­times he drags me out of our house while naked at night and locks me out. He also threat­ens to kill me which has left me liv­ing in fear.

“I had to flee from my mat­ri­mo­nial home out of fear for my life as he was threat­en­ing to kill me. I had to leave my chil­dren be­hind and he is now deny­ing me ac­cess to them. He threat­ened to kill me if I took them away. All of this has af­fected my chil­dren psy­cho­log­i­cally. I pray to the court to grant me a pro­tec­tion or­der and cus­tody of the chil­dren as they are young and de­serve to be with their mother,’’ she said.

Mrs Jukwa said she re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice who ad­vised her hus­band to re­lease the chil­dren but he re­fused.

She said her hus­band has been abus­ing her for the past six years.

In re­sponse, Jukwa de­nied abus­ing his wife and said she al­ways in­sults him.

“I have never abused my wife but she is the one who is al­ways in­sult­ing me. At one point she in­sulted me about my man­hood and she once locked me out of the house.

“I also need pro­tec­tion so that she doesn’t in­ter­fere with my pri­vate life as she is al­ways com­ing back to the house to ha­rass me. It’s not true that she moved out be­cause I was vi­o­lent but she made that de­ci­sion on her own. When she left she took away most of the prop­erty and left me with a few things,’’ he said.

Jukwa said he wanted ac­cess to his chil­dren as he was con­cerned about their well-be­ing.

He ac­cused his wife of mak­ing false al­le­ga­tions against him.

Pre­sid­ing over the mat­ter, Gwanda mag­is­trate, Mr Obe­di­ence Matare, granted a re­cip­ro­cal pro­tec­tion or­der whereby each party was or­dered not to in­sult, as­sault, threaten or ha­rass the other. Each party was also or­dered not to visit the house of the other un­less there is a prior arrangement.

Mr Matare also granted cus­tody of the three chil­dren to Mrs Jukwa and al­lowed her hus­band rights of ac­cess dur­ing week­ends and school hol­i­days.—@DubeMatutu

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