Rape at­tempt cover up!

…girl, 16, fights off at­tacker in dor­mi­tory

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

“I had just come from and I de­cided to take a nap with­out any clothes on me be­cause it was very hot. I just felt some­one fondling me and putting his weight on me. I strug­gled with him for a long time and my friends were out­side and did not know what was go­ing on. I man­aged to over­power him and he ran away leav­ing me bruised on my face,”

AN at­tempt to cover up the botched rape of a 16-year-old girl at a Chongwe-based pri­vate school, has been un­cov­ered. Both school au­thor­i­ties and po­lice have de­nied any knowl­edge of the in­ci­dence, claim­ing ig­no­rance when the Daily Na­tion con­tacted them sep­a­rately for com­ments over the at­tempted rape of the 16-yearold girl on Thurs­day last week around 17:00 hours. Po­lice claim to have no re­port even though an of­fi­cer ac­com­pa­nied the un­cle of the girl to the school when the mat­ter was re­ported to the Lusaka-based par­ents. The girl has since been with­drawn from be­ing a boarder at the school af­ter sur­viv­ing the at­tempted rape at the hands of the son of the school’s owner. The as­sailant is re­port­edly in hid­ing af­ter the girl’s un­cle vis­ited the school in the com­pany of a po­lice of­fi­cer. The fa­ther of the vic­tim said in an in­ter­view that he was dis­turbed to learn that his daugh­ter was at­tacked and nearly raped in the school dor­mi­tory. How­ever, po­lice have de­nied knowl­edge of the in­ci­dent de­spite both the vic­tim and the par­ents con­firm­ing to the Daily Na­tion. The vic­tim told the Daily Na­tion that the in­ci­dent hap­pened when she took a nap af­ter a bath in the de­serted dor­mi­tory. She ex­plained that af­ter doz­ing off naked, she awoke to find a man on top of her, touch­ing and fondling her. A fight en­sued and she man­aged to over­power the man, who ran off but left her with bruises. The girl, said she im­me­di­ately called her mother who in­structed her un­cle within the area to go to the school. The un­cle rushed to the school with a po­lice of­fi­cer but the al­leged as­sailant had dis­ap­peared. The vic­tim said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view that, the young man in his twen­ties pounced on her when she had gone into the dor­mi­tory to take a nap af­ter a shower. "I had just came from bathing and I de­cided to take a nap with­out any clothes on me be­cause it was very hot. I just felt some­one fondling me and putting his weight on me. When I turned to check who it was I dis­cov­ered that it was the son to the Di­rec­tor. I strug­gled with him for a long time and my friends were out­side and did not know what was go­ing on. I man­aged to over­power him and he ran away leav­ing me bruised on my face," she said. The vic­tim told the Daily Na­tion that she im­me­di­ately phoned her mother. "I called my mother to tell her what had hap­pened and she called my

I had just came from bathing and I de­cided to take a nap with­out any clothes on me be­cause it was very hot. I just felt some­one fondling me and putting his weight on me. When I turned to check who it was I dis­cov­ered that it was the son to the Di­rec­tor.

un­cle who stays in Chongwe. My un­cle came with a po­lice of­fi­cer, but the boy had al­ready dis­ap­peared. I in­formed the owner of the school who is also the boy's fa­ther. He ad­vised me to change the state­ment and say that we were just play­ing and that is how I hurt my­self. My par­ents have de­cided to move me out of the board­ing, but I want him to be ar­rested be­cause he might do this to an­other pupil," she said. The school head teacher and di­rec­tor have both de­nied hav­ing any such case in their school. But the vic­tim’s fa­ther , who stays in Lusaka's Bauleni com­pound told the Daily Na­tion in a tele­phone in­ter­view that, the daugh­ter had in­formed them of the in­ci­dence. "Yes she called us, but we don't want to take it any fur­ther be­cause we feel for the busi­ness of the owner of the school. We called the girl's un­cle who re­sides in Chongwe, he per­son­ally went there to get first hand in­for­ma­tion. He con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment, but we are afraid that the owner of the school might lose busi­ness or the school might be closed. We have just asked him to get rid of his son so as to se­cure the girls in the board­ing school. He has agreed to do just that. This is very un­for­tu­nate as the school is not se­cured. We fear for the girls in that school. We send our chil­dren know­ing that they will be well pro­tected, but this is a bad sign of the lack of se­cu­rity at the school," he said. Mr. Long­wani said that, the fam­ily had since de­cided to with­draw the girl from the board­ing. "We have de­cided to for­feit the board­ing fees we paid and take our daugh­ter out of that board­ing. She will stay at the school, but she will be a day scholar," he said. A check at Chongwe po­lice by the Daily Na­tion re­vealed that no such case was re­ported from the said school by press time.

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