Granny scorches girl (6) with hot nuts

The Manica Post - - Local News - Tendai Guku­tikwa and Anesu Kureb­waseka

ASIX-YEAR-OLD girl is bat­tling for her life at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal af­ter her grand­mother scorched her pri­vate parts and most of her lower body with hot roasted round­nuts as pun­ish­ment.

The 70-year-old granny, Ju­lia Chishawaire of Ma­fararikwa Vil­lage un­der Chief Marange, was al­legedly pun­ish­ing the in­fant for be­ing in­ti­mate with her five mi­nor cousins.

Chishawaire did not show re­morse over what she had done when she was ar­raigned be­fore the courts on Wed­nes­day, stat­ing that the mi­nor de­served it since she had to be dis­ci­plined for her way­ward be­hav­iour.

She said what she did was not an act of cru­elty, but that was how mis­chievous chil­dren were dis­ci­plined long back.

She ap­peared be­fore se­nior Mutare mag­is­trate Mr In­no­cent Bepura and pleaded guilty to the charges of phys­i­cal abuse as out­lined in Sec­tion 3 (1) (a) of the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Act, Chap­ter 5:16.

She was re­manded out of cus­tody to De­cem­ber 21 since the State is await­ing a med­i­cal record as the in­fant is ad­mit­ted at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Fletcher Karombe said on De­cem­ber 9, Chishawaire ac­cused the com­plainant of be­ing in­ti­mate with her cousins.

“The ac­cused de­cided to pun­ish the in­fant us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods, thereby pour­ing hot roasted round­nuts into her dress through the shoul­ders. When the in­fant fell down, Chishawaire dragged her by the feet and poured the re­main­ing round­nuts be­tween her legs,” said Mr Karombe. Asked on why she acted in the evil man­ner that she did, she re­sponded: “It has been long since she started play­ing such dirty games with her cousins. I stay with seven grand­chil­dren, all of whom are be­low 10 years of age. Since last year, this par­tic­u­lar grand­child has been of­fer­ing her­self to her five cousins each time I leave them alone at home and in­dulging in the (dirty) games.

“I do not want her to be a sex worker when she grows up, that is the rea­son why I opted to use the tra­di­tional way to dis­ci­pline her. That is what our par­ents used to do to us when we played such dirty games. I took hot round­nuts and put them in her dress so that she knows how painful it is to be sex­u­ally ac­tive at such a ten­der age,” said the old woman.

She claimed that she did not know that her ac­tions were un­law­ful, but ad­mit­ted that she was aware that her ac­tions would cause bod­ily harm to the child.

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