Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Rape cases on the rise

RAPE is on the increase countrywide with at least 75 percent of the reported cases in Harare Province being withdrawn for various reasons to protect perpetrators, a senior police officer has said.

Officer commanding Harare Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Edmore Veterai said some of the cases were not reported to the police because the victims were threatened with death, or feared to lose their breadwinners while others were lured by their assailants into dropping charges with promises of marriage. However, he said there was need for stiffer penalties for both perpetrators and those who influenced victims to withdraw cases....

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