Rape of minors now attracts a 60-year jail sentence in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s cabinet has resolved to impose a minimum prison sentence of 60 years for the rape of a child below the age of 12 years or a person with disabilities, the Minister of Information, Chris Mushowe, has said.

He added that “the rest of the cases of rape or sodomy” would carry a minimum sentence of 40 years.

Tougher sentences were needed to “protect our society against the perpetrators of this inhumane crime”, the minister said.

The cabinet’s decision is subject to parliament approving legislation on the new sentences.

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