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Raped by her father, 15-year-old girl refuses to breastfeed baby

A Shurugwi man allegedly raped and impregnated his 15-year-old biological daughter leading to her falling pregnant and subsequently giving birth. But the traumatised girl has since duped the baby saying she is not going to breastfeed a child born out of the incestuous attack by her father.

Government through the Department of Social Welfare has since stepped in and took the child to an orphanage in Shurugwi while the matter is folding out at the courts in the mining town.

The accused father (name supplied) who stays in Shurugwi Sebanga Extension appeared recently before Shurugwi Magistrate Percy Mukumba and was remanded in prison to August 11, 2021.

Prosecutor Tafadzwa Guzete said that on October 9, 2020, the accused brought her daughter to Chrome Mine Site Lundi Bridge Shurugwi where he raped her on several occasions after telling her that he was fulfilling certain rituals. The complainant got pregnant.

The matter came to light when the complainant narrated the story to her maternal grandmother who reported the case to Police.

After giving birth the complainant insisted that she was not going to breastfeed a child born out of incestuous engagement with her father. The maternal grandmother called the Department of Social Welfare which took the child to an orphanage.

The court is waiting DNA results to prove paternity.

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