Abortion after incest lands family in court

HARARE - Four family members, who allegedly forced a 19-year-old woman to abort after incest, were yesterday arraigned before the courts.

Dickson Chindova, 35, Elizabeth Mahachi, 40, Magret Nyamudakarira, 59 and Kenson Gavi, 52, were released by magistrate Milton Serima on $100 bail each.

The four family members and  Goodboy Gavi are being charged with unlawfully terminating the pregnancy of their niece, who was allegedly raped by her uncle Trust Gavi.

The State alleges that in July, Goodboy was informed by his niece’s employer that the girl was pregnant.

The court heard the accused and his brothers met, discussed their niece’s pregnancy and decided that it should be quickly terminated.

It is the State’s case that the family arranged for the girl to see one  Chindova, who  they claimed was a doctor in Rugare to conduct the procedure.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira said when the girl arrived at the doctor’s place, Goodboy’s wife and Mahachi inserted a pill into the girl’s private parts.

After the procedure was done, the three women drove to Lake Chivero and slept at a near-by bush waiting for the foetus to be released but nothing happened.

On August 4, the three women allegedly returned to the same doctor where she was injected on the arm before the trio went back to Lake Chivero.

It is alleged that later in the day, the girl delivered a dead foetus which was wrapped in a blanket and placed in a sack before being disposed of at a bridge near Rugare.

The court was told that the girl was kept in-doors for three days and was only picked up by her uncle’s wife when she was about to leave for Mutare.

The trip to Mutare was arranged for the family to conceal the terminated pregnancy.

While in Mutare, it is alleged that her aunt tipped off the police.

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