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Man arrested after raping 2-year-old daughter to cure his HIV

By Mason White 1:42 PM April 26, 2013
South Africa police car 

By: Eva Fett
A man was arrested and charged with child rape related charges after he raped his daughter in an effort to cure his HIV.

The Johannesburg, South Africa father allegedly raped his two-year-old daughter, believing that it would cure his HIV.

This chilling motive emerged during a police investigation into the rape of the girl. The girl’s mother was horrified when she discovered that her daughter had been raped. The mother reported the incident to police after her daughter would not stop crying and she discovered wounds in the toddler’s private area.

“My daughter was crying, especially when urinating, pointing to her private area, and saying that her father had hurt her. When I examined her I saw she had cuts around her private area,” the girl’s mother said.

At about 3:00 pm, the day of the alleged attack, the girl’s father asked to take the baby out to buy food and diapers at a nearby supermarket. The father brought her back at night, according to a statement by South African police. After making a statement, police accompanied the mother and daughter to the Nthabiseng Thuthuzela Care Center at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Academic Hospital, where the rape was confirmed, and the father was arrested.

A police spokesperson, Captain Mpande Khoza said the man is due back in court next week. The clinical director of the Teddy Bear Clinic, Dr. Shaheda Omar, said more education is needed to dispel the myth that child rape or having sex with a virgin was a cure for HIV.

“It’s ridiculous to think that when you rape a virgin while suffering from the HIV virus it will remove the infection, it’s nothing more than a crime,” Omar said.

“A father is supposed to protect his daughter. It is very sad that a father can be so evil and harm his daughter like this. Why would the father want to infect his baby with HIV?” Clara Grobler, 23, of Port Elizabeth, South Africa told when hearing about the father raping his daughter in order to cure his HIV.

Lynne Cawood, Director of Childline Gauteng in South Africa who specializes in advocacy and lobbying to raise awareness on issues of violence against women and children, agreed with Dr. Omar: “It is ridiculous to think that raping a child or a virgin can cure HIV.”

According to statistics, a woman is raped every 17 seconds in South Africa. It is estimated that only one in nine women report being raped, and that only 14 percent of the perpetrators are convicted.