One of the most dominated criminal activity since almost the beginning of time is now being reversed in the country of Zimbabwe. The Daily Mail has reported that groups of women are kidnapping and raping hitchhiking men traveling along the roads. It has gotten so that men in the country do not even trust a woman to drive them around because the women might drive them to be raped.
The survivors say that they are given drugs and sexual stimulants to keep them erect and then raped over and over again. The men are attacked at gun and knife point. They also say that the women keep their semen so that they can use it in their “juju” rituals. One man said that at times it would be multiple woman and he used no condoms. After all was said and done the men were then dumped on the side of the road and left for dead.
The Nhokwara sisters have been arrested and charged in the Harrare Court for these crimes. When they were in a traffic accident police found 31 used condoms in their vehicle. They are now facing 17 counts of indecent assault because women raping men is not a crime in their country.
From an Anthropological standpoint this is almost un-heard of. We have heard of women assuming men’s roles through our readings and even men behaving like women sexually but we never heard that men are scared of women because they are raping them. This is new. Few questions arise from this. How did the sisters and other women get this idea started? How long has this been going on? Are there more men out there that this happened to and they are afraid to come forward because they might be looked at as punks? Did this come up out of traditional folklore?
The Nhokwara Sisters leaving the Harrare Courthouse