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Defiled girl’s relative demand for justice

Defiled girl’s relative demand for justice

By MARTIN MASHEKWA RELATIVES of a 14-year-old girl who is battling for her life in Request Muntanga Hospital in Kalomo after being defiled by a known person of 60 years and above have called on the law enforcement wings to ensure that the culprit is brought to book. One of the girl’s aunt said at the hospital bedside that it was surprising that despite the matter having been taken to police by the local neighborhood on Wednesday, the known suspect who is alleged to have had carnal knowledge of the girl has not yet been arrested. “This incident happened on Monday in Sidambi village when the girl went to fetch water and she was enticed by men who were drinking an illicit brew diluted with sweet and which she was forced to drink. After she got drunk one of the men took her to her house and had sex with her until she fainted and was only rescued by some neighbours,” Siambelele narrated. She said the girl was later taken to Sikweya rural health centre but the situation was deteriorating until she was referred to Request Muntangahospital where the girl was still in an unconscious state by press time. The local victim support unit in the district acknowledged the incident adding that efforts are being made to bring the suspect to police. Sidambi village is in Chief Siachitema’s area in which the traditional leader is an ardent advocate of stopping girl child early marriages and gender based violence

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