Zimbabwe: HIV transmission via rape of minors ‘a major driver’ of HIV

Edwin J Bernard - January 7, 2008

A 16 year-old alleges that she was raped and infected with HIV by her 50 year-old brother-in-law. The man has since been arrested and charged with rape, but is out on bail.

“Victim Friendly Court national co-ordinator Mr Idine Magonga confirmed receipt of the complaint and bemoaned the prevalence of sexual offences against minors.

He said sexual offences against minors were now a major driver of the HIV/Aids pandemic because of the violence associated with rape.

According to the Sexual Offences Act, deliberately infecting someone with HIV/Aids is a serious criminal offence.

Mr Magonga urged members of the judiciary to be sensitive by fast-tracking such cases.

“In the event that the victim dies before the trial, the perpetrator would get away with it,” he said.”

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