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Elderly man stripped naked by irate women

13 April 2012, 10:35 Anthony Muriuki

A man stripped naked by irate women .  A 55 years old man was on Wednesday stripped naked by a group of women for allegedly misappropriating Sh. 4,000 paid as a dowry for his daughter at Mailikumi Village of Buuri District in Meru County.  

The man who cried for help faced the wrath of more than 200 angry women who undressed him and tied napkins round his waist before frog matching hi round the village while chanting mockery slogans.  The victim, Muthee Anampiu faced the uncouth treatment for allegedly misusing the cash by buying illicit brew to his fellow men other than use the money to feed his family and paying the village women who assisted in cooking for the guests during the dowry paying ceremony.

During the 10.00 am incident the women claimed that according to the Ameru culture and norms when a dowry is paid women in the village are given a token of appreciation for giving out one of their own daughter to another clan an agreement they said Anampiu breached by pocketing the money. 

According to the women spokes woman Kagwiria Kirugi, Muthee had taken advantage of dowry money given out for his daughter and invited men from the village for merry making while drinking beer and other forms of illicit brew after the ceremony.  

“This is an abuse to the women who were preparing food, they needed to be given a token according to our culture but the man decided to feast the money, we are upset by this habit of men who don’t respect women in the community and we need to teach them a lesson”, said Kagwiria.  

According to another resident Lawrence Kiambi who pleaded with the women to pardon him as they negotiate for a possible fine, Muthee had acted contrary to the norms and culture of the Meru Community by confiscating the money which was meant for the women. 

After consultative negotiations which called for an urgent intervention by the council of the elders from the area, Muthee was instructed to pay a fine of Sh. 5000 and also buy a full sack of rice and a gourd of traditional grinded porridge to appease the angry women.

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