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SAD: Grade 6 Pupil R_aped, Impregnated

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POLICE in Bulawayo are investigating a case of a Grade Six pupil who was im_pregnated after she was allegedly raped by a stranger at the family house in the Mzilikazi suburb.
The matter came to light when the family’s domestic worker questioned the 11-year-old girl about her delayed me_nstrual period and that is when she revealed that she was r_aped sometime last month.

According to the girl, the rapist threatened to come back and stab her if she revealed the matter to anyone.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident yesterday and urged members of the public to go an extra mile in protecting girls.

He said the increasing cases of s_xual abuse of women and girls in the city were worrying and called on members of the public to work with the police to address the problem.

“We are investigating a case of a juvenile aged 11 years from Mzilikazi suburb who was ra_ped by an unknown male adult at her home. The accused person gained entry into an unlocked house while the complainant was outside washing dishes,” said Insp Ncube.

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He said when the complainant went back into the house, she found the accused person inside the house and he grabbed her before ra_ping her once without protection.

“After ra_ping her, the accused person threatened to stab the complainant with a knife if she dared report the incident to anyone. The complainant did not disclose the incident to her father as she feared that the accused person would come back and stab her,” said Insp Ncube.

He said the incident was revealed when the girl fell pregnant and narrated to the family domestic worker what had transpired on a fateful day.

Insp Ncube said the rape was reported at ZRP Barbourfields Post and the girl was referred to Mpilo Central Hospital for medical examination.

Meanwhile, health experts say early se_xual engagement increases the risk of girls suffering cervical cancer which is leading cancer in Zimbabwe and one of the killer diseases among women.

Reports also show that when a girl falls pregnant, they drop out of school and eventually gives up on their studies.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), early s_xual debut and s_xual abuse of female adolescents increase the girls’ risk to unintended pre_gnancies, s_xually transmitted infections including HIV, and psycho-social challenges in their lives.

UNFPA Zimbabwe’s adolescent sexual reproductive health specialist Mr Blessing Tafadzwa Nyagumbo said Zimbabwe is among countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a huge teenage pregnancy problem.

“The country has a high adolescent fertility rate of 108 per 1 000 among young women aged 15 to 19 years.

This is against the average fertility rate of 101 births per 1 000 young women aged between 15 and 19 in sub-Saharan Africa. Emerging data indicates that there has been a significant increase in teenage pr_egnancy during the lockdown,” he said.- Chronicle

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