Three women in Zimbabwe have with been charged with 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault in a case that may be a break in a string of sex attacks over the past two years by women targeting male hitchhikers. The women were found in possession of 33 condoms with semen in them.
They were arrested on Sunday in Gweru, about 186 miles south of Harare, when their car was involved in an accident.
“Since Monday, 17 men came and positively identified the women as having raped them,” said a police official in Harare who refused to be identified. “Most of the men said the women would offer a drink either laced with something to tranquilize them or were forced at gunpoint.”Source: CNN
The suspects have been named as 24-year old Rosemary Chakwizira, 26-year old Sophie Nhokwara and her sister, 24-year old Netsai Nhokwara.
One of the women, Sophie Nhokwara, has a Facebook profile in which she enters her relationship status as “divorced”.Harry Mohammed Misi, who knows the trio, said: “These women lead flashy lives and almost everyone in the city knows them.
“We are shocked with what is happening in our society where men are now being sexually-abused by women. But how can they make a living through such acts? In this case, let the law take its course.”
The motive might not just be sex, as some sections of the society have ritual purposes for semen.
Watch Ruparanganda, a professor of sociology at the University of Zimbabwe said : “Some sections of the society use these sperm for ritual purposes. The thinking is that it can be used for regeneration of life since they are source of life (biologically). Some people think that they can have their bad luck gone by using semen. I am sure that explains all this we have been witnessing (men being forced).”Source: CNN
Can’t they use semen from a willing person? Maybe the idea is that the bad luck goes to the source?
All three of them were freed on US$300 bail each.