A WIDOW and her two children are facing eviction after she turned down sexual advances from her brother-in-law, who claims to be the custodian of the property she lives in.
This came out after Chipo Masimo of Hamudikuwanda A Village under Chief Mutasa in Honde Valley, Manicaland Province, approached the court seeking a protection order stopping Ernest Manhari, her brother-in-law, from evicting her from her communal home.
Mutasa Magistrate Artwell Sanyatwe granted the order and barred Manhari from evicting and assaulting the widow.
In the application which was filed by Moses Chikomo of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Masimo said Manhari has been threatening her with eviction from the communal home for refusing to accept his sexual advances.
Manhari was also in the habit of assaulting Masimo as punishment for turning down his sexual demands.
Masimo’s husband passed away in 2012 leaving her and two minor children at the communal home.
Now, Manhari claims that since he is the surviving male member of the family, he is the heir to the communal home and as such should take control of the homestead.
Masimo said her brother-in-law is in the habit of physically assaulting and even demanding sex from her.
According to Masimo, Manhari has locked her other rooms so that she does not have access to the home and has also forcibly taken her two minor children.
Manhari, Masimo said, is also in the habit of harvesting her bananas and avocado pears which are her only source of livelihood.
This has now been stopped by Magistrate Sanyatwe, who recently granted a protection order in favour of Masimo ordering Manhari not to evict or threaten to evict her from her matrimonial home and not to verbally, insult, threaten or physically traumatise her in any manner.
Manhari was also ordered not to physically assault Masimo. – via Byo24 □