Local Malawi police have arrested a man infected with HIV. He very proudly boasted of the fact that he had taken the virginity of almost 100 girls. The creepy part is how he speaks about it with so much reverence, like he did them a service! It’s horrifying that HE would get paid by the parents of the young girls to basically rape their daughters. This hidden local practice lasts for around three days…does this guy never get tired?!
The ritual is believed to train girls to become good wives and to protect them from disease or misfortune that could fall on their families or their village.
District Commissioner Gift Lapozo said: ‘Aniva was arrested on Monday after he was summoned to my office.’
In a BBC interview broadcast last week, Aniva confessed to being infected with HIV and sleeping with at least 100 girls without using protection.
‘Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older,’ he said.
‘All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.’
It was unclear over how many years Aniva had been a ‘hyena’.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika had earlier issued a statement ordering Aniva’s arrest and calling for an inquiry into the role of the parents involved.
Aniva should ‘be investigated for exposing the young girls to contracting HIV and further be charged accordingly,’ Mutharika added.
‘Harmful cultural and traditional practices cannot be accepted.’
The sexual cleansing ritual is also performed on bereaved widows in Nsanje district to exorcise villages of evil spirits or to prevent another death occurring.
Aniva, who has two wives and was reported to be in his 40s, said a ‘hyena’ was selected by the community based on good morals and that custom did not allow him to use condoms.
One girl told the BBC: ‘There was nothing else I could have done.
Every culture is different and usually, we can respect that. BUT, when they glorify rape to be something it’s not…that is just evil. One girl reports…
‘I had to do it for the sake of my parents. If I’d refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases — even death — so I was scared.’
If Aniva is found guilty this so-called “sexual helper” could receive a life sentence.
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