Saturday, April 16, 2011

Consenting Adults Sentenced to Prison For Having Sex

Half siblings are being imprisoned in Zimbabwe for having consensual sex.

A man from Shabulana village in Lupane who had an affair with and impregnated his own sister twice has been slapped with a 36-month jail term for incest.

The sister was also sentenced to 15 months for the same offence.

Khumbulani Lunga (28) and Kristin Sibanda (18) share the same mother though they have different fathers.

From March last year to March this year, the two consented to having a sexual relationship which resulted in Sibanda falling pregnant twice, although she miscarried on both occasions.

The matter only came to light after the pair’s relatives noticed that Sibanda had had a miscarriage.

Why would the relatives rat them out to police?

Both Lunga and Sibanda pleaded guilty to incest when they appeared before Lupane magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba.

The magistrate convicted and sentenced Lunga to 36 months in jail and suspended six months of the sentence for five years on condition of good behaviour.

Sibanda was sentenced to 15 months in jail, wholly suspended on condition she performed 525 hours of community service at Tiki Primary School in Lupane.

It should not be a crime in the first place.

In passing a lengthy jail term, the court considered that Lunga was formally married but cheated his sister into an incestuous relationship.

Cheated her? No quote from his wife. Perhaps that marriage was over, or perhaps it was open or they had some other arrangement? I don't see why his marital status is relevant to the criminal case.An adult should be able to legally have sex with any consenting adults.
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