A primary school student who was left home alone last Sunday evening was dragged into a family hut and raped by a stranger at Boseja ward in Maun.
Detective Superintendent Tommy Kgaogano of Maun Criminal Investigation unit explained that the standard four pupil’s mother arrived home at around 8pm only to find the main house empty.
“She said she called out her daughter’s name and she did not get any response. However shortly afterwards, the girl showed up and she was crying,” Kgaogano further explained.
She said when the mother asked her what was wrong, she told her that a man had taken her to the hut and forcefully had sex with her.
“It seems the woman got home while the sexual assault was ongoing. Unbeknowingly the mother called the child, the attacker was alerted and escaped,” Kgaogano added.
Days have goneby and to date the police have not yet made any arrest, but Kgaogano says they are still investigating the crime.
Since the beginning of the year, rape cases have been on the rise countrywide with police recording at least five such cases every day.
Recent police reports suggests that Botswana, which has just over two million people recorded 109 rape cases in less than a month, that is, from last year December 21, to 3 January 2019.
On average according to Botswana police, five women, including girls are raped everyday.
Just this week, a Botswana Defence Force Captain reported a rape case to Shakawe police and alleged that she was raped by an army Major during a trip in Shakawe.