By A Correspondent – Police in Dete has arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly raping and impregnating his 17-year-old daughter.
The (name withheld to protect the identity of the victim) is said to have taken advantage of the absence of his wife to rape his daughter without protection.
It is said that three weeks later, fearing that her daughter might be pregnant from his callous act, he bought pills which he wanted the teenager to drink and terminate the pregnancy.
The case was confirmed by Matebeleland North provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Glory Banda to the state media.
“I can confirm that we have arrested a 38-year-old male from Dete who allegedly raped and impregnated his 17-year-old daughter. Circumstances are that on an unknown date but in October last year the complainant and her sibling aged nine were sitting together with the accused person. They decided to retire to bed with the accused also going to sleep in his room. During the night the complainant woke up when she felt something on top of her,” said Insp Banda.
She said the girl, feeling sexually abused as well, pushed the person on top of her away before switching on her torch and to her shock, she noticed her father tiptoeing out of the room. On the following day, she asked her father why he had raped her, but he denied the charge.
However, three weeks later, the accused gave the complainant three pills to drink “to avoid pregnancy” and she did as instructed.
“In November 2020 the complainant told her mother about the rape and everything that had transpired while she was away. However, the matter only came to light on 8 February 2021 through an anonymous tip-off from a member of the community.
“Investigations were carried out leading to the location of the complainant who revealed the offence resulting in the accused’s arrest. The complainant is now pregnant,” said Inspector Banda.