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Grannies sexually assaulted

By Tsitsi Matope

 

MASERU — An 86-year-old granny from Quthing was sexually assaulted last Monday in yet another assault case that has incensed the Maseru Women Senior Citizens Association.

Police on Friday said an unknown suspect smashed the window into the room the woman had been sleeping alone at around 2am last Monday.

“The frightened woman had lit a lamp to see properly after she heard the window break,” police spokesperson Inspector Thato Ramarikhoane said.

He then forced himself inside through the broken window.

According to Ramarikhoane, he immediately went for the lamp and switched it off before assaulting the granny.

“We know the suspect is not a stranger to the woman because he knew if the room was not dark, he would be identified.”

He is still to be arrested.

Last Friday, the President of the Maseru Women Senior Citizens Association, Mrs ‘Makarabo Makhakhe, 79, said her association was worried about the growing number of elderly women who are targeted by sex offenders throughout the country.

The Maseru Women Senior Citizens Association is a support group that advocates the protection and wellbeing of all elderly women.

Makhakhe said rampant sexual abuse of elderly women showed they are no longer safe.

“We are calling on all stakeholders who include the communities and families to take the responsibility to protect elderly women. We also call upon the police to come up with new strategies focused on protecting elderly people in their crime prevention community programmes,” Makhakhe said.

Another granny aged 75, also from Quthing, was assaulted on the night of August 29.

The suspect forced-open the door into the room where the granny was sleeping with her granddaughter.

“He threatened to strangle her if she shouted for help before assaulting her,” Ramarikhoane said.

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