22 women arrested in Kericho as Govt. intensifies war on FGM


22 women arrested in Kericho as Govt. intensifies war on FGM

22 women who underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at Kaptele in Bureti Sub-County are recuperating at Kapkatet Hospital in Kericho County under police watch following their arrest.

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The 22 women were arrested in an operation coordinated by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) following intelligence information received from members of the public.

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The victims however allege they were forced to undergo the cut by their husbands who are now on the run.

Kapkatet Sub-County Hospital Nursing Officer In-charge Samwel Cheruiyot confirmed that all 22 women aged between 21-34 years were married adding that they were all in stable condition and have received psychosocial support.

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According to Cheruiyot, the women had been facing stigma from their married colleagues who went through the prohibited act, a move that forced them to undergo the outlawed practice.

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In the Kipsigis culture, women who have not gone through the rite of passage are often not allowed to cook for male initiates who are in seclusion after circumcision, and this could be among other reasons that made the women to undergo cut.

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A 60-year-old woman who is said to have performed the act is in custody awaiting arraignment in court.

 

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