A14-year-old rape victim from Olutsidhi Village, Omusati Region is nine months pregnant after what she thought was a ‘romantic relationship’ with Ananias Iipinge, 39.
The minor, who had sexual relations Iipinge, according to her aunt, Josephina Hango, told her family that their first sexual encounter in the woods last September when she was only 13 was rape.
The aunt said the girl went to collect firewood in the woods when Iipinge raped her for the first time. Later they would have more sex on a regular basis which made her think they were in a romantic relationship.
“After the rape in the woods, he somehow managed to get her to do it regularly. He told her she was his girlfriend and she has been living with that all along,” said Hango.
The minor, Hango added, fell pregnant months later and told the family that Iipinge was responsible.
Iipinge, when approached by the family, denied the girl’s claim and as a result, the matter was reported to traditional authorities in the area.
“During the traditional trial, he admitted he was responsible and he was ordered to pay N$7 000 in damages,” related Hango.
Hango says, Iipinge has only paid N$5 000 of the penalty to date. The issue, she says, could have died out then if it weren’t for the intervention. After the traditional court’s ruling, the minor was sent to live with Hango, only then did she learn about her niece’s ordeal. She feels the enormous crime deserves the full wrath of the law.
“The family resorted to sorting it out traditionally. I only discovered she was pregnant when she was sent to live with me. Men like these should not walk around freely, he deceived a 13-year old kid and he’s capable of doing it again, that’s why I reported the matter to the police,” said Hango.
A statutory rape case under the Contravention of Immorality Act CR 22/06/2012 has been opened against Iipinge who is currently in police custody in Okahao. The minor is currently in the Okahao Hospital in Okahao about to give birth.