In the 10th century, Pope John XII is said to have taken his niece and his mother as mistresses. Despite anthropologists insistence that the incest taboo is fundamental to human nature, clearly people have been at it forever. Freud famously argued that everyone’s first sexual desires are directed toward their family, while Melanie Klein considers sexual relations between siblings to be virtually the norm. The real taboo is in mentioning that perhaps it is not a taboo at all. Historian Lloyd DeMause argues that incest is universal. He cites examples throughout the world and refers to the old Indian proverb (“For a girl to be a virgin at ten years old, she must have neither brothers, nor cousins, nor fathers”) as an example of how common incest has been. His examples are endless and worldwide: tribes who have sex dormitories where older adolescents initiate younger siblings into sex; households where parents incorporate the children into their sexual activity in one happy family orgy; fathers marrying daughters when the mother dies, and sons marrying mothers when the father dies. While I can’t verify every one of DeMause’s claims and references, clearly it gets darker than sitting on granddad’s knee. The recent case of the German couple, Patrick and Susan, who were separated as children and later met and fell in love, has made headlines. They’ve been together for nine years and have four children, three of whom are in care. He has served time in prison fighting for his right to love his sister. While my gut reaction is this is monumentally fucked up, why is it illegal? The obvious answer is that it increases the chances of passing down bad genes. But by that logic, everyone with a genetic condition should be outlawed from having sex–which is rude. In fact, the impetus behind the 1908 Punishment of Incest Act was just that–the proponents of the act were the same people who advocated the “sterilisation” of the “feeble-minded”. Siblings generally don’t fancy each other due to something call the Westernak effect: Being reared together forms non-erotic bonds
KABWE High Court Judge Elita Mwikisa has sentenced a 33-year-old Chisamba farmer to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour after he was found guilty of having sex with his 14-year biological daughter.
In March this year, the 14- year-old girl broke down as she narrated before Kabwe Magistrate Mary Chibanga how her biological father had carnal knowledge of her after he allegedly gagged and tied her to a bed.
In her ruling, Judge Mwikisa said it was saddening that the man who is supposed to protect the child could act in such a manner and that he was sending him to prison to deter other would be offenders.
During the hearing of the case, the girl who was 12 years old when the incident happened and is now 14, told Magistrate Chibanga that on the fateful day her father followed her in the house where she had gone to get mealie meal to prepare nshima and she was shocked that her father took her by her hands and covered her mouth and face before tying both her hands and legs to the bed using a chitenje material.
The girl could not hold back her tears immediately after identifying her father who was in the dock prompting Magistrate Chibanga to allow her to speak from chambers.
Ms Chibanga later committed Elvis Chitindi a farmer of Chisamba to the Kabwe High Court for sentencing after he was found guilty of the offence of incest contrary to Laws of Zambia.
Facts before the court were that on December 3, 2010, the accused person allegedly took advantage of the absence of her step mother who was away in Lusaka in having canal knowledge of her.
The girl who was sobbing when testifying led by State prosecutor Aaron Kuyeli said after the act she managed to sneak out of the house and ran to her grandmother within Chisamba area where she reported the matter.
Her father had threatened to kill her should she reveal the incident to anyone.
The following morning her father followed her and rebuked her and took her back home.
When her stepmother came back, she narrated to her what had transpired and the matter was immediately reported to the police.
Later medical examinations were conducted. But in his defence the convict who earlier during the trial denied the charge, admitted after three witnesses were called to testify against him.
In his defence, Chitindi said he had sex with his daughter because he wanted to teach her as she had come of age. / Times of Zambia
12-year-old alleges incest by paternal uncle
A case ofincest and consequent pregnancy has come to light in Mohali. A 12 year old girl was brought to the hospital in fragile health. Examination revealed that she was four months pregnant.
This 12 year old girl in the Mohali Civil Hospital is scarred for life. The victim of incest, at the hands of her paternal uncle, she was four months pregnant when she was brought to hospital. The case came to light when the girl felt unwell and medicalexamination revealed pregnancy. Hospital authorities informed the police and aborted the fetus.
The police talked to the girl who said her paternal uncle, Rahul, a resident of Sector 56, Chandigarh, violated her and threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone.
The police have arrested Rahul and the girl is undergoing treatment. Physically, the girl is expected to recover well but the real wounds would be very difficult to heal.
Bond granted to teen accused of rape
Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett had previously denied bond in the Columbia County case, but reconsidered a second petition for bond when Blake Weems’ family and attorney, Travis Saul, presented an alternative plan for Weems’ release.
Assistant District Attorney Amanda Heath said Weems, 17, of the 4100 block of Quinn Drive, performed sex acts on a 12-year-old girl. She opposed bond because Weems stated he knew it was wrong but “he couldn’t help himself.”
Pickett approved bond with several conditions: that Weems remain inside his grandparent’s house in Martinez with an electronic ankle monitor and have no access to a computer.