Daring Father Abuses Daughter Claiming To Carry Out A Virginity Test:
A 60-year-old daring father allegedly abused his 14-year-old daughter claiming to carry out a virginity test.
The accused has since appeared in court charged with three counts of indecent assault and one each of aggravated indecent assault and rape.
The man who cannot be named to protect the complainant, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Hwange Regional magistrate Mr Collet Ncube.
He attributed that the charges were fabricated by the complainant’s mother and grandmother to fix him following a misunderstanding over lobola since the accused and complainant’s mother separated.
According to iHarare, the complainant used to stay with her maternal grandmother until Grade Six when the accused took her so she could live with him in Lwendulu village, Hwange.
The complainant’s grandmother who also cannot be identified said she couldn’t believe her son-in-law’s actions.
“One day I was passing by and the complainant saw me and started crying. She showed me a diary where she had documented the abuses by her father. She told me that the accused said some people had told him that she was no longer a virgin hence he wanted to prove for himself,” said the grandmother in court.
The court heard that the shameful father would allegedly order his daughter to share the bedroom with him after which he would sexually abuse her.
The accused allegedly ordered the complainant not to leave the house and reportedly assigned a neighbour to guard her, the court heard.
“She told me that her father threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the abuses and she wrote everything in a book which she showed me and other witnesses. She was crying when she narrated her ordeal and she is traumatised as people talk behind her back saying she slept with her father,” narrated the grandmother.
The magistrate remanded the man, who is out of custody on bail, to this Friday for judgment.
Prosecuting, Mr Vumizulu Mangena said the accused committed the crimes between July 18 and July 24 last year when the two were alone at home.
“On 18 July at around 10 PM the complainant was sitting on a sofa watching TV when her father told her that he wanted to check if she was still a virgin. The complainant refused and told him to take her to her grandmother for virginity testing. The accused insisted that he had powers to check his daughter’s virginity,” said Mr Mangena.
The court heard that the accused went on to sexually abuse his daughter on separate days and she complied out of fear.
The girl’s mother reported the matter to the police on July 29 leading to the arrest of the accused. A medical report presented in court showed that the girl had been sexually violated.
The accused was represented by Mr Devaris Ncube of Legal Aid Directorate.