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A religious leader in Zimbabwe who is infected with HIV, raped a teenage girl repeatedly, who was brought to him in an attempt to "heal her" continuous menstrual cycle, but instead infected her with HIV by raping her.

36-year-old Wellington Gase, who is a self proclaimed religious healer according to the police, has been sentenced to serve 36 years in prison after being convicted of three counts of rape, AllAfrica reports.

According to the criminal complaint, Gase was approached by the victim’s mother after she suffered from continuous menstrual cycle. He promised to conduct healing sessions for three days. The mother agreed to leave the child in the care of Gase. During the three days, Gase raped the girl three times. Gase threatened to curse the girl, her mother and other relatives if she refused to have sex with him. After the girl went home, she told her mother about the rape.

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