In a suspected case of incest and sexual abuse, a 15-year-old girl has refused to breastfeed the child she sired after being raped by her biological father.
The traumatized young mother (name concealed to protect her identity) was allegedly raped and impregnated by her biological father last year in October.
According to The Mirror, following the traumatic experience, the young mother left her baby and went to join her mother’s family in Gutu.
The baby is reportedly now under the care of a well-known orphanage in Shurugwi.
The accused father who stays in Shurugwi Sebanga Extension recently appeared before Shurugwi Magistrate Percy Mukumba facing rape charges.
Magistrate Mukumba denied him bail and remanded him in prison to August 11, 2021.
Allegations are that on October 9, 2020, the accused father went with the complainant to Chrome Mine Site, Lundi Bridge, Shurugwi.
Whilst there, the accused father raped the complainant on several occasions after telling her that he was fulfilling certain rituals.
The court heard that the complainant then got pregnant after being raped by the accused.
The matter only came to light when the complainant narrated her harrowing ordeal to her maternal grandmother. A police report was made leading to the arrest of the accused father.
After giving birth the young mother refused to breastfeed the baby, arguing that she was not going to breastfeed a child born out of incestuous engagement with her father.
Seeing that she didn’t want anything to do with the baby her maternal grandmother called the Department of Social Welfare which took the child to an orphanage.
Shurugwi Magistrate court is currently waiting for DNA results to prove the paternity of the innocent child.
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