The question can a man rape his own wife has been debated in many circles.
A Zimbabwe man has been jailed for 16 years after forcing his wife into sex. It is alleged the man marched his 23-year-old pregnant wife to his homestead after threatening to assault her with a log. The couple had a misunderstanding prior to this incident which led to the woman going back to live with her parents.
On that fateful day, the complainant named Memory Munsaka was in the company of her younger sister coming from the clinic on her way home when she met her husband.
It is reported he asked her to accompany him home to which she refused and he grabbed her to threatened to beat her with a log.
Upon arriving home, he forced himself on her repeatedly twice that night. The court heard that the following morning, the man left the homestead to go and fetch some firewood and she took the opportunity to run away and reported the case to the police leading to the arrest of the husband.
It also emerged that was not his first time to force himself on her as he had done it several times before resulting in her falling pregnant. All these instances reporting to her parents with no action being taken. The couple have a child together.
The accused denied all allegations stating there were fabricated by his in-laws who no longer wanted him in their daughter life. However, the magistrate dismissed his claims labeling him cruel and selfish.
Sunday Mail quoted the magistrate passing judgement; " Your conduct is reprehensible. It does not make a difference. You repeatedly engaged in the sexual activity against her will. You were unconcerned that she was pregnant, you forced-marched her to your place using threats of violence as you were armed with a switch and log. Your morale blameworthiness is high. The fact that the complaint cried was indication that she was traumatised. Imprisonment in this case is inescapable."
Two years of the 16-year sentence have been suspended.
CAN A MAN RAPE HIS WIFE?