A nine-year-old boy has been abused for hours after he was falsely accused of raping a four-year-old girl.
The incident, which took place on Thursday night, shocked the Vuwani community.
The girl's four-year-old grandmother blamed the boy after her granddaughter had urinary problems. The grandmother saw the two children playing together and suspected that the boy had raped her little friend.
He took the girl to a local hospital, despite being told by medical examiners that the child had not been raped but was suffering from a physical ailment, but the stubborn grandmother had stuck to her allegations.
The boy's mother said she was at church on Wednesday when she received shocking news that her young son was accused of sexually abusing a minor.
“I was called to the child's grandmother's house across the street. The grandmother told me that my son had raped the child and, although I could not find out the truth about everything that had happened, I apologized to the boy as it is common in the villages, ”he told Scrolla.Africa.
"Grandma accepted the apology, but I was surprised when I was called back to the family the next day," she said, adding that she had been invited to their place at 9.00pm.
He said the girl's uncle and a friend told her they were happy with what had happened and asked her to bring the boy.
"My son was questioned and threatened, but despite being threatened by the boy he strongly denied raping the child."
The boy was then told to undress and was forced into a bathtub filled with cold water. However, as he maintained his innocence, the uncle allegedly started beating the boy until he pleaded guilty.
"I had to watch my son being abused for about two hours," said the mother.
"My son has suffered a lot and this is going to stay with him for a long time."
He says the boy has nightmares and cries at night.
My mother says she has reported the matter to the police station.
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