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Fight against rape hindered by stigmatization

27 November 2012, 16:04 Oduor Omondi

Stigmatization still remains a challenge in the fight against rape and defilement cases in Homabay District.

According to a police report released by the area OCPD Francis Kumut recently, residents fear reporting either rape or defilement cases to relevant authorities due to victimization.

Kumut said that many cases in the area go unreported, adding that so far only 10 defilement and two rape cases have been reported since the start of the year.

He also attributed the low number of cases being handled by his office to ignorance among the victims and their parents who tend to tamper with evidence by bathing after going through the ordeal.

However, he said that most culprits and the parents of victims resolve incidents at kangaroo courts with parents opting for monetary compensation as a sure way of maintaining good neighborhood.

Kumut reiterated that for the police to carry out its duties effectively, the complainants must be ready to attend court proceedings to provide evidence besides recording of statements.

He appealed to parents and the communities to join hands in the fight against the vice so as to promote girl child education which has gradually dwindled due to such incidents.

At the same time, he called on non-governmental organizations championing the rights of the girl child to sensitize the communities on the dangers posed on the rape victims.

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