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Female MPs decry increased cases of violence against women

16 November 2014, 09:08 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Female Senators and MPs of parliamentary health committee have raised a red flag over increased cases of Gender Based Violence calling for stringent measures to be taken against perpetrators.

The leaders blamed law enforcement agencies of sleeping on their job as women were subjected to assaults that undermined their freedoms and dignity.

Cases of gang rape and stripping in the public are now becoming the norm in urban centers despite stringent measures being put in place to protect women against violence.

The first incident involved the stripping of a young lady in Nairobi on account that she was dressed immodestly, while the second incident involved the gang raping of a 28-year-old lady by security officers in Kikuyu police station causing the death of her baby.

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Addressing the press on the sidelines of a workshop in Mombasa, the leaders condemned the acts terming them a national shame.

“These acts in our view were intended to humiliate the girls. It is imperative that our law enforcement agencies make it clear that violence against women in any form is not tolerated under the constitutional dispensation,” noted Ziporah J. Kitonny, Senate health committee vice chairlady.

Kitui South MP and Chair of National Assembly health committee, Rachel K. Nyamai called on the government to quickly arrest the perpetrators and prosecute them.

“We call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of these criminals. The government must ensure that they have dealt with them in full force of the law,” said Nyamai.

She blamed the police for blocking cases of assault reported in various security centers saying this denied the victims of their rights.

The legislators vowed to review the current laws on gender based violence and make the necessary amendments that will protect women against such vices.

“We are going to look at the existing laws to make them stronger. There is need for a proper legal framework to protect women against such issues. The law is clear that nobody should take the law in his hands and strip women,’’ said Godliver Najira who is a nominated Senator.

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