A Chivhu man is accused of shaking his eight-year - old son in a burning fire as revenge for disrespecting his stepmother. Talkmore Mawopa is reported to have locked up his son Tanaka indoors for two weeks to mask the horrific crime from neighbors.
Mawopa allegedly refused the boy, a Grade 3 student at Range Primary School, the ability to obtain medical treatment after he received injuries to his face and other sections of the body from the incident. His mother-in - law reportedly used home remedies to heal her wounds, but to no avail.
The issue came to light when other villagers were informed by worried neighbours, contributing to police action. The case was registered at the Chivhu Police Station under CR84/09/20 on 17 September 2020. No arrest has yet been made, as Mawopa is said to be on the run.
It was only after the matter had been identified to the police that the boy had obtained medical assistance from Chivhu General Hospital. On Monday, a medical study on accidents was released. Narrating his ordeal, the kid, in a 48-second video that went viral on social media, said his father told him not to expose his ordeal to outsiders.
"My father came back from a beer-drinking spree and woke me up and proceeded to hit me. Since assaulting me, he set me on fire. He figured out the next day that I had been burned by the flames, but he didn't send me to the hospital. I was meant to warn strangers that I had been injured by hot water, and he shut me in for two weeks, "he said.
A neighbor who requested anonymity said that the villagers had been researching the matter after they had not seen the boy for a few days.
"They checked at the child's whereabouts and found that he had been indoors. We also figured out that he wasn't feeling good because of the violence, and the matter was recorded to the authorities, "she added.
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