Tanzania: A RECENT survey has shown that gender based violence is spiraling with pronounced cases occurring in Kagera, Mara, Mwanza and Kigoma. In most cases it is the wives who fall victim to the rage of husbands who fail to control their emotions.
One of the most painful parts of being a woman in this country, the complainants say, is the fear and vulnerability to violence. Wife battering is a major public health problem in this country, but the legal curbs do not take it seriously enough. In fact, any act of gender-based violence that results in physical, sexual or mental harm to women, including threats, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty should be rated as a punishable, criminal offence. But wives rarely take their husbands to courts of law. Another study has shown that in Dar es Salaam, 33 per cent of ever-partnered women have experienced physical violence and 23 per cent have been subjected to sexual violence.
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