“Incidents such as wife-beating, men insulting women, land-grabbing and other forms of abuse are also on the rise in our communities,” noted a gender expert, Michael Thoshiba in an exclusive interview.
This is a brief story of 65 year-old Hellen Onguru, who won her divorce case following assistance provided by Musoma paralegals.
Hellen was married on July 14, 1979 to a police officer and has lived as a house wife in a home that unfortunately had no children. For most of her married life the fact that she and her husband didn’t have children didn’t have any negative bearing on them.
But years on down the line, conflicts erupted in the marriage with the husband threatening to divorce Hellen and marry another woman with the ability to conceive. In 1988, Mr. Onguru married a second wife who later gave birth to three children. He married a third wife in 1996 who bore seven children. The inability to conceive became the main source of numerous problems for Hellen as she endured insults, severe beatings and being denied food and other basic needs.
Sometime in 2018 her husband assaulted her causing her serious injuries which she reported to the Musoma central police station and was issued with a PF3 form which enabled her to be treated at the Musoma general hospital.