A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD grade 11 pupil of Linda Secondary School in Livingstone has allegedly been raped and beaten by more than five men.
Livingstone General Hospital acting medical superintendent Muzaza Ntele confirmed that the victim was being treated for assault while gynaecologists were still examining the claims of rape.
Dr Ntele said the hospital would determine whether the victim was raped or not once the assessment was concluded.
The victim narrated that more than five men covered her mouth and nose with a piece of cloth that had a chemical and she later fainted.
She said after she fainted, the suspects raped and beat her up.
The girl said she could identify one of the ‘rapists’ because one of them had been pestering her to be his lover but that she had rejected him.
Her mother, Mary Mukandauko, who was found at the victim’s bedside at the hospital, said some neighbours discovered her daughter around 01:00 hours yesterday.
She said her daughter was unconscious when the neighbours found her at a place where the suspects had dumped her after allegedly raping and beating her near the Dambwa Sewer Ponds.
“We went to sleep as usual on Tuesday night and my daughter with the other children went into their room which is outside the main house.
“When these men broke into the house, they took her to the bush near the sewer ponds where they raped and beat her,” Ms Mukandauko said.
She said she reported the matter to Dambwa Central Police in the company of her neighbours, but that the police were reluctant to visit the crime scene.
Southern Province Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that her office had not yet received a report on the rape allegations.