Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
PARENTS and guardians have been urged to interact well with children and to report any forms of abuse within their communities.
The call was made by police inspector and coordinator of Victim Friendly Unit Ropafadzo Mutapiri on Saturday at the march organised by Artists of Hope Movement against the ritual killings and child abuse.
Inspector Mutapiri urged parents not to believe in myths and rituals.
She urged people to take maids for vetting before employing them.
“We would like to warn perpetrators of gender based violence and those engaging in ritual killings that the law will always catch up with them,” said Insp Mutapiri.
“Stiffer penalties await those found guilty and cases of such magnitude are fast tracked and no withdrawals accepted at station levels.
“As Victim Friendly Unit, we encourage parents and guardians to know who their children interact with on social media platforms and online.
“Children should not be sent alone to secluded places and child labour is an offence.
“Children should not share bedrooms with people of opposite sex and do not leave them with strangers.
“We urge people to use suggestion boxes, WhatsApp platforms, make formal reports of any gender based violence or child abuse cases within their community to police,” said Insp Mutapiri.
Among the people who participated in the march were relatives of the recently killed Tapiwa Makore and Murewa villagers.