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Teenagers raped

by Lesotho Times

MASERU — She woke up in the morning and realised she had been raped.

But the problem was that she did not know who had raped her after a night of heavy boozing during the festive season.

The girl was only 14.

“The girl, who is from Lithoteng, was not sure who the culprit was after she woke up in the morning,” police spokesman Masupha Masupha said.

But this was not the only isolated incident.

At least 39 cases of sexual offences were reported during the festive season.

Masupha said most victims were aged between 14 and 15 years and were raped after they had gone to public bars for a drink.

In a separate case a 15-year-old girl woke up in the morning only to discover that she was sharing a bed with a stranger.

She had also been raped during the night, Masupha said.

“The girl said when she woke up in the morning she found herself sharing the same bed with a man but she was not sure whether she was raped by that man or someone else,” Masupha said.

The police are investigating a case of suspected rape.

Masupha said most of the victims could not remember who had raped them.

He said in Quthing, a 14-year-old girl was found abandoned in a disused house after she was raped.

She also could not remember who raped her but said she had been drinking the previous night.

In Maseru, a 35-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her boyfriend during a beer drink.

“The suspect accused his girlfriend of looking at other men while they were drinking at the bar,” he said.

In another incident, a 35-year-old man was stabbed in the bar by his friends after he was accused of drinking “too much of their beer” when he had not contributed any money.

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