A 40-year old man called ‘Alim’, is being accused of raping his neighbour, a 12-year-old girl of Number 78 Village, Corriverton, in his bathroom.
According to the girl, who related the entire incident to Kaieteur News, the man, who is known to the family, observed that the girl’s parents had left the home after which he proceeded to get the girl and her sister to enter his house.
The girls, not suspecting anything, since the man and her parents knew each other a bit, went to his house. After they arrived over at the man’s house, he asked the victim to cook a meal for him.
Upon refusing his request, the man pulled her into the kitchen. Her sister then pleaded with the man to let go of her sister, which he did not. He asked her again in the kitchen to cook for him.
The alleged rapist then started to kiss the girl during which she struggled to push him away. “He pulled me to him. Then he start kissing up me, then I pushed him away. Then when I pushed he away, he pulled me into the bathroom, and there he take advantage of me,” the girl said.
After the act the traumatized girl returned home and uttered not one word to her parents or her sister.
The girl’s sister said that she was talking to another man who was with the alleged rapist at the home and she did not know that her sister was being raped during that time.
“The same day, every time I walk on the road now, he does watch me; everybody a watch me,” she said. “He said that if we ain’t settle the story, he gotta put we out. He asked mommy if money she want, and mommy said she don’t want money. Money don’t full me mother eye. She don’t want riches,” the girl said.
After several days in silence, the girl finally broke the news, not to her parents, but to her teacher who then related the incident to her parents. Her mother then reported the matter to the police and the Probation Officer, Mrs Singh, as well as the Student Welfare Officer in Corriverton, Mr Mohammed.
But by this time, ‘Alim’ had already left the country. He is a U.S. resident and according to the mother, the police stated that they cannot do anything more about the matter, since the man has left the jurisdiction. She also said that the police still have to send the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Meanwhile, the girl’s mother said that she was approached by one of the man’s friends, whose house she is renting, who related the alleged- rapist’s desire to settle the matter for $50,000.
“If that been happen to he daughter, what he would’ve done? That is something wrong I do, to go and represent me child?” the mother said.
She refused to settle the matter for money. “If he do that to me daughter and run, who more he gonna do that to?”
She said that the entire area was shocked to know that the man did what he did to her daughter.
She added that she believes that the perpetrator is pulling strings with his friend (her landlord) to evict them from the house. The landlord has given them a time period after which they must move out of the house; either leave or settle for $50,000.
“I really want to know what is going on with this story. I asked he if this went in you place, what you would’ve done? He said somebody would’ve had to go jail. I said I did the right thing. One man interfere with me daughter, what me must sit down and laugh and joy over it? I can’t laugh and joy over it,” she said.
The girl said the man did not use protection while performing the act. The mother said that the girl took HIV tests and a pregnancy test but she is still not certain whether or not her daughter is pregnant.
She is calling on the authorities for justice in the matter.
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