Letlhakane police worried by rape cases

FRANCISTOWN: The 47 cases of rape recorded by Letlhakane police since the beginning of this year cause concern, the station commander, superintendent Michael Maphephu said. Maphephu told Mmegi that most victims were raped at shebeens when drunk, who include girls aged below 18 who are prohibited by law from drinking alcohol.

He said efforts to stop the residents from selling liquor in their houses, especially illegal home-made brews, were futile. “Some even trick us into believing that they drink tea as they put khadi in a big teapot, consuming it the whole day.” One of the recent cases involved the rape of a 15-year-old girl by a 20-year-old man.  Police say the man dragged the girl to his house where he raped her.

“Often times under age girls are victims of rape because of illegal trading of liquor in their households,” Maphephu said. The station commander said he believed that many cases were not reported to the police because the victims chose to remain silent.

Editor's Comment
‘Boraboko’ should face the wrath of the law

Still in Molepolole, a young woman was also reported missing, only for her decapitated body to be found inside in a shallow grave! The issue of missing persons has always been a challenge in our country, and a considerable number of missing persons are unfortunately found dead! Something troubling is the murders related to missing persons, which touch on an array of issues, including the killing of intimate partners, often referred to as passion...

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