A 37-year-old man (name withheld) has been arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a 15-year-old girl at a memorial service in Mudzi district, Zimbabwe.
The suspect, from Mbeko Village under Chief Mukota, reportedly threatened to kill the girl after the assault.
Mashonaland East police spokesperson Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the incident and urged rape victims to report such incidents immediately.
“I confirm the arrest of a man in Mudzi in connection with a rape case involving a juvenile. We urge the public to quickly report rape cases so that victims get medical assistance in time as well as apprehending the suspects,” Inspector Chazovachiyi said.
According to reports, the incident occurred on April 11, at around 10 pm, when the suspect was at the girl’s homestead where a memorial service was being held.
The suspect allegedly gave the girl beer until she became intoxicated and then asked her to accompany him to a nearby tuckshop, to which she complied.
However, while on the way, the suspect dragged the girl into the bush and raped her, threatening to kill her if she told anyone about the incident.
The girl confided in one of her relatives who accompanied her to Kotwa Police Station, where she filed a report.
She was then taken to the hospital where a medical affidavit revealed that she had been sexually abused.
Inspector Chazovachiyi emphasized the importance of reporting rape cases promptly to ensure that victims receive medical care and suspects are apprehended.