The police at N’gabu in Chikwawa are keeping in custody three people on suspicion that they attempted to terminate their own lives.
The three, Emmanuel Ben, 29, Hanna Mahomed, 20, and Mary Khambadza, 18, were separately arrested on Thursday and Friday in the area of Senior Chief N’gabu in the district.
The suspects are said to have taken rat poison–termic–following disputes in their respective families.
The first suspect, Beni, is alleged to have quarrelled with his wife after the latter (wife), allegedly, squandered money meant for family necessities.
The other two–Mahomed and Khambadza–decided to kill themselves in protest to their husbands’ alleged infidelity.
The suspects were admitted to N’gabu Rural Hospital where medical findings indicated that the three had consumed poison.
Police acted on a tip and apprehended the three on their hospital beds.
If convicted, the three will face a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison.
The offence is contrary to Section 229 of the Penal code.
Beni hails from Mphamba, while Mahomed and Khambadza come from Thonje and Nkhakamira villages, respectively, under Senior Chief N’gabu in Chikwawa district.
The arrest of the three comes barely two days after a 20-year-old man, Rabson Joe, poisoned himself to death at Nkumaniza in the same area.
It is alleged that Joe had been at loggerheads with his wife whom he suspected of flirting around with other men.
Out of anger, it is reported, he took termic and was pronounced dead at N’gabu Rural Hospital.
Police in the district are calling on the public not to commit suicide but rather seeking help and advice from either the police’s victim support units or marriage counselors and traditional leaders.