The 23-year old man was detained when a student identified him as the one responsible for the pregnancy. Five other girls (names withheld) from the same school tested positive during the pregnancy tests. The culprit, names withheld, is being held at Gashari Police station. Police are also hunting for other suspects still at large, that are responsible for other under-age pregnancies.
Evariste Murwanashyaka, an officer in the umbrella of Human Rights Organisations in Rwanda (CLADHO) told IGIHE that last week they got informed about these pregnancies and went to follow up with police.
He said that two children are below eighteen years old.
Murwanashyaka said that four students have already given birth whereas one is due.
“We had discussions with students on how they should behave and then requested the police to hold the suspected culprits as investigations continue.”
He said that police should help in identifying men who impregnated girls above eighteen so they can financially support their children and enable them enjoy their rights.