People of Kapanda village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Malili in Lilongwe had a sad awakening Tuesday morning when a 77-year-old mentally challenged woman was found hanging from a tree in a maize garden.
Lilongwe Police Station Public Relations Officer (PRO) Inspector Kingsley Dandaula in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Wednesday identified the deceased as Ketrina Kamitondo from Mpumbulu Kutchemba village, T/A Malili in Lilongwe.
Dandaula said the woman left her house on 15th March, 2016 but never returned only to be found hanging dead from a tree in the middle of a maize garden seven days later.
He said she had used a chitenje cloth to hang herself.
“The deceased was staying with her relatives and it was only yesterday, Tuesday 22nd March at around 10am when members of the general public found her hanging dead from a tree in the middle of a maize garden with her legs and arms decomposed,” he said.
The matter was reported to police who took the body to Kamuzu Central Hospital and postmortem conducted revealed that death was due suffocation.
Police have since bemoaned the increase of suicide cases of mentally challenged persons and have called on families, parents and guardians to provide special care to people who are mentally challenged to avoid such incidences.