Primary School teacher rapes pupil in Balaka


A Primary School Teacher in Balaka district has been arrested for raping a 11 year old pupil, Malawi police say.

The suspect Bartholomew Ignasio 44 who is a teacher at Mpilisi Full Primary School was arrested on allegation that he has been sexually assaulting the girl who is in Standard 3 at the same School.


Balaka Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Joseph Sauka confirmed about the arrest saying an incident came to light after the victim revealed to her mother that the suspect had been defiling her on several occasions.

According to the victim, the suspect had been taking her to his house on several occasions where he was defiling her.

“She said at first, the suspect called the victim to his house to watch films but instead he defiled her.

“Since then, the suspect had been defiling the victim and was told not to reveal to anyone. She said she thought of revealing the ordeal after seeing that she was tired of the torture”, he explained.

Medical report shows that the girl had lost her virginity.

Meanwhile, the suspect is still in Police custody and is expected to appear before court soon where he will answer a case of defilement of girls under the age of 16 which is contrary to section 138(1) of the penal code.

The suspect Bartholomew Ignasio comes from Dailesi village, Traditional Authority Kalrmbo in Balaka district.



  1. Admin just on point of correction: It must read “Defilement” and NOT “rape” based on the age of the victim. These stories are on the higher side I don’t just do know what is happening to this noble profession.

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