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Women remain downtrodden and exploited due to lack of access to legal aid.

By Malvern Mkudu

Joice Baiton believes her daughter who died more than a year ago could have been murdered. She says her daughter died after eating fish at Matthew Rusike School in Epworth.

She says the police did not conduct proper investigations and she is unsatisfied with the manner in which the post-mortem was carried out and the results of the post-mortem.

Her search for justice has taken her all the way to police Commissioner Chihuri’s office but she insists she is being denied justice. The case has even roped in the Human Rights Commission but police wrote to the human rights body explaining what had caused the death of Baiton’s daughter.

Despite this explanation Mrs Baiton insists that police did not carry out the investigations of the case properly. She suspects that the police in Epworth are trying to cover up what really happened to her daughter.

She is not satisfied with the conclusion arrived at by the pathologist. However she has reached dead ends because she says she cannot afford a lawyer. She cannot find closure of what really happened to her daughter.

Meanwhile she is bounced from one office to another without her receiving justice. This is the plight of many women in poor marginalised community who cannot afford lawyers.

It has become harder for the poor and vulnerable to access justice from justice system in the country. She vows she will not rest until police do the right thing.


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