Girl stripped by police in bhang case sues for KES 7 million
21 August 2015, 18:48
Nairobi - A girl who was stripped naked by police searching for bhang on her body and the photos leaked on social media will sue police for KES 7 million, she says.
A children's rights body has sued on the girl's behalf, police officers for stripping and posting nude photographs of the female student.
The incident took place allegedly in Kirinyaga County.
The 18-year-old was among 45 students that were arrested August 5, in a Nairobi-bound bus.
They were remanded at Sagana Police Patrol Base for being intoxicated and engaging in sexual activities in a public service vehicle.
The driver and conductor of the matatu were fined for allowing the practices take place.
The girl now wants to be paid the 7 Million as compensation for violation of the obligation by police to respect and protect her right to privacy, human dignity, security, access to justice and the right of an accused person.
The children rights NGO Cradle Africa in the application, through lawyers Gladys Kinyanjui and Duncan Okubasu, told the High Court that the stripping and photographs violated the girl's rights enshrined in the constitution and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
They also wanted the charges leveled against the girl and 18 month sentence quashed.
Justice Weldon Korir certified the case urgent.
" It is vital that the rights of children be respected and be upheld as required in UN statutes," they argued.
Cradle also wants the High Court to compel the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP to institute criminal proceedings against the police officers who took the photographs and posted them on social media.
The police officers have so far yet to be named by police, even though they are said to be known.
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