Child rapist arrested

2015-12-03 06:00
Verulam SAPS, community leaders, residents and children show support for 16 days of activism. Photo: darshan rangai

Verulam SAPS, community leaders, residents and children show support for 16 days of activism. Photo: darshan rangai

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LOCAL police have warned all abusers that there is a zero tolerance for anyone who abuses another. This comes after the arrest of a child rapist on Monday.

The 44-year-old had allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl after abducting her from her home last month.

Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) head Prem Balram said they received a call from the victim’s mother who said that the man believed to have raped her daughter was spotted in the area. “Reaction officers proceeded to the Cotttonlands area and interviewed the mother of the victim who informed them that while she was working night shift a few weeks ago, her child who was in the care of her aunt was raped next to a tree near her home,” said Balram.

Balram said Rusa officers proceeded to surround the suspect’s home and found him sitting on his bed.

The 44-year-old was arrested and handed over to police custody.

Verulam SAPS communications officer, Warrant Officer Mark Prakasim said according to the 12-year-old she was held at knifepoint and raped by the suspect.

“The child was sleeping at home and was drowsy after taking medication. When she awoke she had been taken outside by some trees and the suspect allegedly threatened her at knifepoint, raped her then he fled,” said Prakasim.

The policeman said a case of rape was opened, but the suspect evaded arrest.

“Abuse of any nature is taken seriously by police and we are working with organisations like Rusa, crime forums and the community to ensure that anyone who commits abuse is brought to justice and faces the full brunt of the law,” said Prakasim.

The case is now being handled by the Child Protection Unit and the suspect remains in custody, pending a bail application.

Prakasim has encouraged people to speak out about rape and abuse as although this suspect was arrested, many incidents are not reported because people feel ashamed or afraid.

“Rape and any form of abuse are not acceptable and crime against women and children are a priority for us,” said Prakasim.

“During the 16 Days of Activism the courts will show no mercy for perpetrators of any crime against women and children and although we focus a lot on abuse during this time, it’s a fight which is taken very seriously with no tolerance.”

Prakasim said people who have or are being abused must report the crime to police so the abuser can be dealt with by the law and to prevent repeated incidents by the same perpetrator.

“There is help available and you don’t need to be afraid or ashamed to report abuse,” said Prakasim.

Prakasim added that police are on a drive to educate people about abuse and for communities to stop safeguarding abusers by not reporting the crime.

“People may think they are protecting the abused person, but so long as the abuser is free or no action is taken, the abused person or another person will be at risk,” said Prakasim.

Contact the Verulam SAPS on 0325415222.

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