Kilifi residents have been warned against solving rape and defilement cases at home.
Rights lobby Haki Africa said the pathetic practices by Kilifi locals have subjected minors into both physical and psychological torture.
In a meeting with ‘Kilifi Mum’s Women Organisation’, Kilifi gender rights lobby, rights group Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said some parents have resorted into solving such crime related cases at homes.
“Practise that at your own risk we will come for you, pick you up and hand you over to the authorities,” noted Shipetta.
She said some minors who were defiled and impregnated are forced to abandon their education and bring up families they never planned for.
“Some of these perpetrators are family members or close relatives, a reason that makes these families opt for family sittings and resolutions,” noted Shipetta.
He also disenchanted claims that having sex with a minor heals HIV.
“Where did this negative and detrimental notion come from? There are no scientifically attested findings about such claims, the law should take its course, no two way about it,” he noted.
[Haki Africa rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta with Kilifi Mum’s Women Organisation gender activists. Photo/ Haki Africa].
Mr. Shipetta urged the women to be vocal and tough while pursuing rape and defilement cases in Kilifi County.
Shipetta said Haki Africa is working closely with the women activist in taming increased defilement, rape cases and gender based violence among women and children in Kilifi.
Meanwhile, the organisation is pursuing a case where a two year old girl was defiled at Chumani area within the County.
The incident that occured barely two days ago is said to have involved a 30 year old man.
The man is also said to be a close neighbour of the victim who lured her into his house before doing such inhuman act.