Harare - A Zimbabwean teenage girl is demanding her virginity back from a 35-year-old man who allegedly impregnated her and is now disputing the child’s paternity, a report said on Tuesday.
The state-owned Chronicle newspaper reported that the mother of the 14-year-old girl, Otilia Ncube, dragged David Rwatiringa to court demanding that he paid child support money for her daughter’s five-month-old child.
The unidentified teenager told Plumtree Magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa that Rwatiringa was the only man that she had slept with and that if he wanted to deny the child's paternity, then he should "bring back my virginity".
However, Rwatiringa maintained he was not the father of the child, claiming that he was not the only man who had slept with the teenager.
He further asked for a DNA test to ascertain whether he was the father, claiming that if the test proved he was not the father he should be reimbursed for being falsely accused.
Rwatiringa was quoted saying that the teenage girl was already pregnant when he met her.
"You were already pregnant when I fell in love with you. I always saw you at nightclubs with other men during the [that] time it has to be one of them who impregnated you not me," Rwatiringa was quoted saying.
Reports indicated that the southern African country had seen more teenagers falling pregnant over the years and as a result, most of them were opting to undergo illegal abortions.
According to the country’s laws, abortions can only be done if the pregnancy is a result of rape or there are risks to the mother or the unborn child.
School authorities and local media have reported cases ranging from schoolgirls giving birth in school grounds to teenage girls hiding their newborn babies in cupboards.
However, despite the country having some of the toughest laws against child sex, the country was reportedly facing an increase in teenage pregnancy.
According to NewsDay, at least one case involving a teenage mother was being heard at the Harare magistrate’s court per day.
- News 24