The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has come in for massive ridicule after they advised citizens not to engage in online dating. According to the police, online dating and social media communication will lead to rape.
This comes after a woman who was engaged in online dating was raped by her “lover” when they met for the same time.Social Media Affair, Woman Raped
However, Zimbabweans on social media were not impressed by the advice from the nation’s police force and ridiculed the police for being simplistic and lacking critical thinking.
Below, are some of the reactions to the post from unimpressed Zimbabweans:
The only thing that leads to rape is a rapist. – Rudoxxx
Hahaha so NXT time munhu akabirwa muna1st street u will say “We urge members of the public against walking in 1st Street which later leads to wallets being stolen” – Simon Chiruka1
Rape isn’t influenced by online dating only. I recommend critical thinking to the admin of this account. – Khumbulani Azon Fred Twala
Sound advice would be for people not to meet strangers on your own in isolated places otherwise the police should stay away from giving dating advice on matters they are not familiar with and concentrate on the key task of investigating and fighting crime. – Prosper Mwedzi
Online dating is not a problem. people should desist from meeting in the dark for the first time. they should have met at a public place. Please don’t fight technology because you will always lose. This is the 21st century and for you to misinform the public is ill-advised.
In the 20th century, people used to meet on the bus, or in the streets, in the 21st social media is the way. you guys are just like Zanu pf. if something goes wrong on the way it doesn’t mean its bad. let conscientious our citizen to be more vigilant. Moda vanhu vasangane kupi nhai? — Beloved
This is the 21st century! You can’t just tell people to stay away from “online dating” in this technology era. Rather do your research and give awareness on the do’s and dont's when online dating 🤷🏾♀️ – Tracy
I wish there was an option on twitter where you click once and it not only mutes and blocks an account for posting nonsense but it automatically mutes and blocks everyone who retweeted and/or liked that nonsense post. That’s the dream. – JohnDoe
Then embark on proper Information Literacy Programs. You deserve to be taught yourselves before teaching the public. – Mayers