Narrating her ordeal to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati when she visited her on Friday at Mchinji District Hospital, Linda said her husband asked her to go to a satanic church near Guillime in the district.
Linda also revealed that on many occasions the husband could tie her legs and hands and beat her throughout the night, while her mother in-law listened in the other room and did nothing.
She alleged Yasini and his mother were engaged in Chamba (cannabis sativa) selling business and that is what brought food to their table.
Linda, who looks young than her age, also revealed how she got married to her husband on January 26, this year.
She met the man who said he loved her and asked her to follow him to his house.
“I followed him yet, I did not know him and I did not tell my parents. When we reached his house he told me he wanted to marry me and I accepted and I never went back to my parents’ house despite their efforts to make me return home,’’ narrated Linda a standard seven drop out.
She said she suspected Yasini used charms to lure her into marriage, because she did not understand how she could follow a man she never met before and she was forced to wear some charms in her waist amulets (Zithumwa) every day at their marital home.
Linda also narrated that after being beaten by her husband leading to serious injuries; she was taken to a local witchdoctor and stayed for 10 days where the situation worsened and the witchdoctor alerted the police who arrested Yasini.
Kaliati said she visited Linda Phulani ‘after reading media reports about the misfortune that befell the woman.
The Minister said she was shocked to see her deep wounds.
“As government we won’t sit back and watch women being tortured like animals,” she warned.
Phulani was severely beaten by her husband John Yasini with chains and steel rods sustaining deep cuts on her back at Kumbuyo village, Tembwe in T/A Mlonyeni in the district.
Kaliati said all perpetrators of such type of domestic violence would be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and 20 maximum years in jail.
“I do not know what the husband was thinking beating his wife like an animal, unless he wanted to kill her, this wasn’t done out of love,” she explained.
Addressing a public a meeting later at Tembwe in T/A Mlonyeni’s area in the district, Kaliati said time has come for communities including traditional leaders and local community organisations to take a stand and sensitise the communities on the evils of domestic violence.
She advised women to walk out of marriage when their husbands abuse them saying persevering in the name of love is not a solution.
“When a husband beats and injures you run for your dear life, alert neighbours, chiefs and marriage counsellors for help,” she said.
She also advised girls not to drop out of school and get married saying education advancement in women could help reduce the burden of gender based violence on them.
Meanwhile investigations into the life of Yasini by the Mchinji District Social Welfare Office and Mchinji Police has revealed that 20-year-old Yasini has married eight times and the former wives were all victims of domestic violence.