Coast based Gender and children’s rights activists have raised red flag over increased defilement cases in the region.
They have also expressed their dissatisfaction on how security agents have been handling sexual offences involving children in region.
The activist say police have been conducting shoddy investigations, discouraging locals to report perpetrators of the vice.
Led by Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed, they said defilement and sodomy cases in the region have increased with less efforts employed to tame the vice.
According to Hemed, Haki Africa has been recording up to three defilement cases monthly with the figured increasing.
Close family members
“The perpetrators turn out to be very close members of the family and some culprits being fathers of the victims,” said Ms Hemed.
She said such situation has resulted to very few cases being reported to authorities.
She appealed to parents to be very careful and closely monitor their children especially during the long holiday season.
“The recent painful incident was a mentally challenged 15 year old girl who has been defiled several times and impregnated by her on step father at Mtongwe in Likoni, why?” posed an agitated Hemed.
She singled out Kwale, Mombasa and Malindi areas of the Coast region as those experiencing increased defilement cases.
The Gender and children rights activist appealed to stakeholders to join hands in taming the vice.
The activist is currently conducting awareness campaign on the impact of sexual violence in the region calling for stiff penalties for the perpetrators.
She criticized the judiciary for its leniency on perpetrators of defilement in the region.