FEARS of the spread of COVID-19 could not keep the members of the Rehoboth community who showed up in numbers to bid farewell and to demand justice for a two-week-old infant who succumbed to her injuries after being raped by her biological father.
The incident has sparked a renewed conversation on the rise of Gender-Based Violence and rape in Namibian society.
The funeral was attended by a large crowd that stood in solidarity with the bereaved family.
Members of the community held a peaceful march from the Dove Funeral Service home to Block E where the infant was laid to rest.
Community members who titled the march, Justice Walk for Baby Charmaine, pleaded for justice to prevail as she lost her life just at two weeks old at the hands of her own father.
According to the Namibian Police, the 26-year-old suspect, Gert Skrywer, allegedly committed the heinous act between Monday 15 July and Tuesday 14 July 2020.
Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi stated that a report was received about a baby girl of two weeks who passed on about 17:52 at home and when the dead body was examined by the doctor at the hospital it was discovered that there were some serious bruises on the private parts of the baby.
An investigation was then launched which led to the arrest of the baby’s father who is believed to have sexually molested her. The brutal act resulted in her death.
The suspect was arrested and charged with murder and rape. He appeared in the Rehoboth Magistrate Court and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.