More than 200 girls rescued from early marriage

More than 200 young girls from Kajiado County have been rescued from early forced marriage during this year’s examination period.

A total of 66 girls rescued were set to sit for the KCPE and KCSE examinations but had already been married off.

7 out of the 34 pregnant girls have given birth and have managed to do their examinations from rescue centers.

Naning’oi School in Kajiado West sub-county is among rescue institutions that paints a picture of the pain of the retrogressive culture.

More than 100 girls learn at the institution amid many challenges.

46 of these girls aged between 8-15years are homeless after being disowned by their parents after refusing to be married off but instead seek an education.

8 candidates who managed to do the KCPE examinations are waiting for results.

Speaking when they toured the institution various stakeholders condemned the act of marrying off young underage girls terming it heinous.

Kajiado County Commissioner Yatich Kipkemei warned parents marrying off young girls after undergoing female genital mutilation of dare consequences.

He warned administration officers colluding with parents that they will be interdicted and face the wrath of law.

Kipkemei says some politicians have been hampering the fight against early marriages for selfish political interest.

He says the government is on high alert to ensure more girls are rescued and those who violate children rights face the law.

  

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