Gender-based violence cases on the rise

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…Thaba-Tseka woman’s severed body parts discovered at St Monicas

By Mamello Mosaefane

Mamosa Nokana, a senior officer at the Women and Law Southern Africa (WILSA) has told the KDNews the organization is pained by overwhelming cases of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nokana explained that the organization protects rights of the marginalized, especially women, girls and children with its presence in the country ten districts having recorded high cases of gender-based violence meted on women and girls since April.

Nokana said the discovery of severed body parts of a woman who had disappeared in Leribe goes to show the seriousness of cases of gender-based violence faced by the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lesotho Mounted Police Service Spokesperson’s weekly reports showed that body parts of a woman discovered last week in Leribe at Kholokoe, St. Monicas have been identified.

The Spokesperson’s reports said the body parts belonged to a 25-year-old woman of Bokong; who had been seeking a job in Maputsoe.

Police reports point that the body parts discovered to date are 2 legs, 2 arms and a thigh that were identified by the deceased’s father.

Police are investigating a case of murder and are also searching for more body parts that have not been discovered.

Also reported by the Police spokesperson two cases of rape where one of the victims was also murdered after being sexually assaulted.

The police spokesperson also said a 21-year-old mentally disabled woman from Thaba-Tseka was raped last week.

Two rape suspects, Khahliso Tlhakuli aged 30 and Thabang Tlhakuli 19, appeared before the magistrate court and were released on M600 bail each.

Police reports also point that the woman’s father, who also has a mental disability, is also a suspect in her rape. The police are still waiting for the doctors’ report to verify the allegations leveled against the father, while another rape suspect is on the run.

His whereabouts are still under police investigations.

Meanwhile, police report further adds that a body of a 51-year-old woman was found in Leribe, at Halesiamo, Masianokeng on July 16.

It is also suspected that she was also raped as semen was found inside her vagina.

It is also reported that she had gone to collect her social grant in Mahobong and was last seen ton the same day with a man identified as Napo Khoarai of Hamatoli, buying alcohol at Halesiamo.

As a result, the Police report that 32-year-old Khoarai later apprehended and appeared before Leribe’s magistrate court on July 21 on charges of murder and awaits his trial that will be on the July 30 in jail.

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