BIKITA – A woman is in trouble with the law for repeatedly pricking a child using her Zion Christian Church (ZCC) badge ostensibly to treat the child’s painful fontanel (nhova).
Appearing before magistrate Carolina Tafira, Ronica Chenjerai (64) from Kanjera village, Chief Mazungunye, admitted the offense of pricking the 19 months-old baby on his forehead.
It was the State’s case that on March 06 at around 08: 00 hrs at Nyika growth point, Chenjerai met Cathrine Jingo carrying a child.
The child was crying bitterly and when Chenjerai asked what the problem was, she was told about the problematic fontanel.
She then unpinned her ZCC badge and used it to repeatedly prick the child on his forehead, claiming it was an effective remedy to the problem.
The child sustained severe injuries and a report was made to the police, leading to the arrest of Chenjerai.
Magistrate Tafira warned that people must not impose their religion-based solutions upon others who do not share the same convictions.
Japhet Mapakame prosecuted.