Learner raped hours before launch of GBV campaign

27 Nov 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police recorded two cases of rape shortly before the launch of the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence’ campaign on Friday.
An initiative of the United Nations (UN), the campaign is aimed at eliminating violence against women and it runs up to 10 December 2016, which is celebrated worldwide as International Human Rights Day.
The Head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told members of the media in the capital Sunday a Grade 8 learner at the Oshepeto Combined School at Ongulumbashe village in the Omusati region was raped while on her way to school on Friday, at around 07h00.
It is alleged that the suspect forced her to the ground, strangled her and poured sand into her mouth when she tried to scream for help.
The suspect also stabbed her in the neck and legs with a stick before raping her.
The suspect is known but has not yet been arrested and police investigations into the matter continue.
In another incident, a four-year-old girl has been admitted to the Tsumeb State Hospital after she was raped by two men at that town, on Thursday.
It is alleged that the two suspects broke into a house where the minor was sleeping between 01h00 and 06h00.
The adults in the house were asleep and only noticed the two suspects after they had already allegedly raped the minor.
The suspects who are 24 and 25 years old were arrested and will appear in the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court this week.