A Namibian father Monday allegedly hacked his daughter on the head with a machete after she refused his sexual advances.
The blow was so severe that the machete got stuck at the back of the daughter’s head and had to be surgically removed.
According to the police, the father (name withheld as he is yet to appear in court) had repeatedly requested sexual favours from his 22-year old daughter, Sofia Stefanus, whom he had been living with at their tiny homestead in northern Namibia.
Stefanus had apparently been refusing her father’s sexual advances, which appeared to have angered the father.
After realising that she was in danger of being raped by her biological father, the woman approached the police for assistance last weekend.
She was advised to seek refuge at her neighbours, which she did. Following her return at her father’s house on Monday however, the father allegedly continued requesting sexual favours.
When she would not give in on his advances, the father allegedly grabbed a machete and hacked his daughter on the head once.
She was rushed to a hospital where it took a team of three doctors up to an hour to remove the machete.
Speaking under extreme difficulty from her hospital bed where she is still admitted, Stefanus said she has had to endure persistent threats from his father on what he would do to her if she continued resisting granting him sexual favours.
"I never thought my own father will do this to me. I am in great pain caused by the same person who is supposed to protect me against all odds,” she said.
The father was expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
The incident, which has left Namibians reeling in shock, comes shortly on the heels of yet another incident in which a University of Namibia student last week fatally stabbed a fellow student without provocation.
The accused, Johannes Medusalem Muhonga, has already made his first court appearance but had to be sent for psychiatric evaluation.
Muhonga allegedly approached a fellow student, Johannes Shapange, in the shower and without any provocation whipped out a knife and stabbed Shapange 14 times all over his body.
Shapange attempted to ward off the attack by fleeing, but collapsed in front of the hostel where he died.