HIV+ Grade 7 boy rapes cousin (8) at knife­point

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Moyo

AN HIV pos­i­tive Grade Seven pupil from Nku­lumane sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly raped his eight-yearold cousin five times at knife point.

Some res­i­dents of the sub­urb are al­legedly bay­ing for the boy’s blood as it has emerged that he also al­legedly sex­u­ally abused other chil­dren in the neigh­bour­hood.

The HIV pos­i­tive boy, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, al­legedly raped his cousin from last year and was caught in July this year.

Pros­e­cu­tors have since rec­om­mended that he be taken for a psy­chi­atric ex­am­i­na­tion be­fore his rape trial com­mences at the re­gional court.

The boy, who stays at the same house with the girl, al­legedly ap­proached her armed with a knife while her mother and grand­mother were away.

“He was armed with a knife and threat­ened to kill his cousin if she made any noise or re­sisted. The boy un­dressed his cousin and raped her once af­ter threat­en­ing to stab her if she told any­one,” reads the State out­line.

“He also used the same modus operandi and raped the girl four more times. The girl did not re­port the abuse as she was scared that he was go­ing to stab her.”

The mat­ter came to light on July 19 when the girl’s mother no­ticed that she was limp­ing.

“She asked the girl and she said some­one had at­tacked her. The girl’s mother asked her neigh­bour to help her in solv­ing the is­sue and the girl opened up. She told the woman that her cousin had raped her five times us­ing a knife to scare her,” read the State out­line.

The girl’s mother made a po­lice re­port and the boy was ar­rested.

About 325 girls are raped in the coun­try ev­ery month, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sta­tis­tics.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba has said about 11 mi­nors are raped in the coun­try ev­ery day.

“At least 325 cases of ju­ve­nile rape are recorded ev­ery month. Mean­ing we’re hav­ing 81 plus rape cases on a weekly ba­sis. These are very scary fig­ures and we’ve noted that most of the mi­nors be­ing raped are be­tween the ages of 11 and 15,” she said. @thamamoe.

Wa­ter lev­els at Umz­ing­wane Dam, one of Bu­l­awayo’s sup­ply dams, have dropped dras­ti­cally in re­cent months. The Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has urged res­i­dents to con­serve wa­ter as the city could soon find it­self in a cri­sis. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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