Preg­nant 12-yr-old, re­fuses le­gal abor­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl from Plumtree yes­ter­day left of­fi­cials at the Bulawayo Re­gional court in shock af­ter she re­fused to have a le­gal abor­tion to ter­mi­nate a preg­nancy con­ceived as a re­sult of rape.

The minor also de­clared that she would not al­low a mag­is­trate to send the man who im­preg­nated her to jail since they were in love and planned to get mar­ried.

Court papers show that the girl has been hav­ing sex with Dou­glas Ndlovu (18), who is fac­ing seven counts of rap­ing the minor, since De­cem­ber 2015 when she was 11-years-old.

The girl, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, at­tracted the at­ten­tion of a Chron­i­cle news crew at the set down of­fice as she boldly re­fused to have a le­gal abor­tion.

She told the court of­fi­cials that she was pre­pared to have her baby.

“I am pre­pared to have this child. I love my boyfriend. We’ve dis­cussed this and we agreed that we are go­ing to look af­ter our child. If you peo­ple send him to jail, who is go­ing to fend for my child?” she asked.

The girl’s sis­ter wailed as she nar­rated to the court of­fi­cials that she was hav­ing dis­ci­plinary prob­lems with the vic­tim.

“We don’t know what to do with her any­more. She started being wild at the age of 10. Sometimes she would sleep away from home at bars and par­ties. My sis­ter needs help, please help her,” pleaded the older sis­ter.

The preg­nant girl was re­ferred to the Vic­tim Friendly Court for coun­selling while the docket was re­ferred back to the police for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the state papers, on the first count of rape, Ndlovu met the vic­tim as she was com­ing from fetch­ing fire­wood.

“Ac­cused tripped com­plainant and raped her once. Com­plainant told her mother about the in­ci­dent. On the sec­ond oc­ca­sion, com­plainant met ac­cused on her way from fetch­ing wa­ter. Ac­cused took away her bucket so that they could have sex but she ran away. Ac­cused later went to com­plainant’s house and lured her to his homestead claim­ing that he wanted to give her money. They had sex four times dur­ing the night and ac­cused ac­com­pa­nied com­plainant back home at dawn,” read the papers.

They fur­ther read that on an­other oc­ca­sion, Ndlovu gave the vic­tim R5 be­fore he took her to his homestead overnight.

“On an­other oc­ca­sion, ac­cused gave com­plainant P100 af­ter hav­ing sex with her. They later met at a party where they had sex­ual in­ter­course again be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the com­plainant’s house for the rest of the night.”

The papers read that com­plainant’s mother no­ticed changes in her daugh­ter and she took her to Plumtree District Hos­pi­tal where she was found to be preg­nant.—@tan­nytkay.

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