Police in Norton have arrested a 29-year-old man for allegedly rap_ing his nine-year-old step daughter.
The man, whose name is withheld to protect the victim, was arrested at his homestead in Maridale after medical reports confirmed the abuse. National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, confirmed the incident.
“On 19 July, we arrested a man from Maridale, Norton who allegedly rap_ed his 9-year-old daughter,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.
“The suspect is alleged to have left the victim’s mother and sneaked out of the bedroom, and went to the little girl’s room. He rap_ed the minor twice before warning her against telling her mother.”
The following day, the victim’s mother went to check on the girl who was taking long to wake up. Upon being quizzed, the girl revealed what had transpired during the night and a report was made, leading to his arrest.
A medical examination conducted revealed that the girl had been violated. Meanwhile, police have expressed concern over the increase in rap_e cases countrywide in which women and girls are rap_ed.
In some cases, the parents conceal the cases especially if they involve relatives, lovers and tenants. Last week, an 8-year-old girl from Chitungwiza who had gone for extra lessons, was rap_ed by her 19-year-old uncle on her return home. The uncle took advantage of the fact that the mother (32), was still at work.
When her mother arrived home around 5pm the girl told her what had happened but she did not report the abuse to the police but rather warned the child against telling anyone. The mother then sent her brother to the rural areas.
“Few days later after noticing withdrawal symptoms by the child, the teacher questioned her till she opened up and revealed the matter. The teacher reported the matter to the police and it was discovered that the mother knew about the abuse but had chosen to conceal it in order to protect her brother,” he said.
The suspect is still at large.
Asst Comm Nyathi said rape is a serious crime and victims should not keep quiet, but report to the nearest police station as soon as possible to enable authorities to take measures to minimise victims’ risks of contracting HIV and AIDS.