A 34-year-old man from Shurugwi dragged his own 15-year-old daughter to a bush near Lundi Bridge along the Shurugwi-Zvishavane Road where he raped her on the pretext that he was fulfilling some rituals.
As a result of the rape, the girl, who cannot be named to protect her identity, fell pregnant but concealed the pregnancy for eight months. The matter only came to light after she suddenly went into labour and was rushed to hospital last week.
It was during labour that she told her mother and the midwives who attended to her that she was raped by her father eight months ago, said a nurse at Shurugwi District Hospital.
The nurse said the girl had delivered a baby and was still at the hospital’s maternity ward, adding that the health institution was liaising with a local orphanage home to accommodate the girl and her baby.
The father has since been arrested for the rape which took place in October 2020. He last week appeared before Shurugwi magistrate, Percy Mukumba, facing charges of raping his daughter.
He was not asked to plead to the charges and was remanded in custody to August 11.
The court requested for DNA tests for the father and the child. □