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19 Malindi girls defiled by kin-MUHURI

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[MUHURI Gender and child rights Officer Topista Juma. Photo/Haramo Ali].

19 girls in Malindi, Kilifi County were defiled by their fathers or close relatives between March and April this year.

According to Muslims for Human Rights- MUHURI, All the cases of the victims aged 12 to 16 were reported to the police.

However, MUHURI says many cases are still hidden.

The right lobby also revealed that brute husbands in Malindi savagely battered their wives in the same period bringing the total number of victims to 58.

In a training session on Gender Based Violence at Mnarani in Kilifi County which was funded by the Norwegian Embassy in Kenya, fathers, close relatives and Boda boda operators remain perpetrators.

Sodomy

In Malindi, women and girls are more abused and vulnerable than men, however some boys have been sodomised by their close relatives.

Because their parents can no longer earn, some girls have been pushed to transactional sex with riders since they need money, sanitary towels or even food that their parents cannot afford due to the Covid-19 economic impact.

“Some girls escaped from home because that’s where harm is but ended up confined with riders who preyed on them,” MUHURI Kilifi Field Officer Afye Swaleh, said.

Drawback

In May, Kilifi County launched its hotline-  +254800720307 to curtail GBV, however calls according to Ms Swaleh go unanswered or remedy delayed.

[MUHURI Kilifi County field Officer Afye Swaleh (centre). Photo/Ernest Cornell].

“Many women and girls are unaware if the number exists because no awareness campaign was conducted after the launch,” Swaleh said.

Swaleh asked the county and national government distribute free sanitary towels to girls.

Defilement

Meanwhile, police in Mombasa are detaining a man accused of defiling her daughter for three years.

The man separated with his wife three years ago and was left with three daughters aged 12, 10, and 6.

The suspect is accused of defiling the eldest.

MUHURI Gender and Children Officer Topister Juma said there is need for more rescue centres in Mombasa with counsellors to help victims overcome the trauma.

“The victims are naturally intimidated and hold back, especially because the perpetrator is someone they had trusted all their lives,” Juma said.