Indecency Conviction In Case Of Malawi Homosexual Couple
May 18, 2010
Malawi (ChattahBox) – In a disgusting example of the prejudice still prevalent in the world today, two gay men have been convicted of indecency and unnatural acts after engaging in a commitment ceremony.
The two men, named as 26-year-old Steven Mojenza, and 20-year-old Tiwonge Chimbalanga, were convicted under the outdated sodomy laws still enacted in the region.
They had conducted a traditional engagement ceremony, where they announced their love before family and friends.
News reports soon surfaced about the ceremony, and they were tracked down and locked up without bail.
Now they could face up to 14-years of hard labor at sentencing.
“We have a reached a point in Malawi where we need to decide whether we regard minority groups as equal to others in terms of their human rights,” Gift Trapence, the director of Malawi’s Centre for the Development of People said.
Those responsible for the verdict deny any intolerance or prejudice factored into the charges or conviction.