Published by Agence France-Presse on 20th August 2021
Zimbabwean Hatirarami Momberume, 26, has been charged with having sex with a minor and also carged with murder for failing to take his 14-year-old wife to hospital who died of complications due to childbirth. PHOTO |
Zimbabwean authorities on Friday charged a man with murder after his 14-year-old wife died at a religious shrine last month of complications due to childbirth.
The death of Anna Machaya sparked widespread outrage on social media, drawing condemnation from rights groups and the United Nations.
Machaya’s husband Hatirarami Momberume, 26, was arrested this week and arraigned before a magistrate’s court in Mutare, Zimbabwe’s third-largest city, on Friday.
Momberume was charged with murder for failing to take his wife to hospital when she went into labour pain, despite “realising that there was a real risk or possibility that his conduct… might cause death”, court documents showed.