The Council for the Welfare of Children says DNA evidence must be considered in cases involving minors and all vulnerable groups.
The sentiments follow a report highlighted by the ZBC News on an 11-year old mentally challenged girl who was allegedly raped, with the council calling for an urgent review of the rape case.
Incoherent and inconsistent statements are some of the characteristics of people who suffer from mental challenges.
The 11-year old mentally challenged Seke victim of rape is not an exception to such attributes.
Unfortunately, the law does not provide provisions to deal with such cases.
Council for the Welfare of Children Director, Mr Taylor Nyanhete said such cases require DNA evidence if the country is to curb abuse of minors and the mentally challenged.
He further noted that his council will call for a review of the rape case.
A social worker and consultant on children’s issues, Mr Musekiwa Makwanya said such cases require expertise to extract evidence from the vulnerable victims.
The court established a Victim Friendly Court to expedite cases of rape involving minors.
However, more still needs to be done in terms of infrastructural and technical support to enable quality judgments.
The DNA Evidence Bill is another piece of legislation that is expected to address such shortcomings in the justice delivery system.
The use of DNA evidence has been a preserve of the elite and the passing of the law will mandate the justice system to make use of such critical evidence in all complex cases.