December 5, 1995 in Nation/World

Death Penalty Aimed At Hiv-Positive Rapists

Compiled From Wire Services

Death penalty aimed at HIV-positive rapists Lilongwe, Malawi President Bakili Muluzi plans to institute the death penalty for rapists who infect their victims with the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

Speaking at a prayer meeting Sunday in Malawi’s administrative capital, Muluzi expressed concern over the spread of AIDS to unwitting victims.

“Innocent women and children contract AIDS because of the rise of rape cases,” Muluzi said.

More than 1 million of Malawi’s 8 million population are believed infected with HIV.

Muluzi succeeded dictator Kamuzu Banda last year following the first multiparty elections in Malawi’s 30 years of independence.

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