Lobby wants government to form anti-FGM police force
15 December 2014, 14:05
Naivasha - African Girl Child Welfare, a Naivasha based lobby group wants the government to form a special police unit to hunt down those propagating female genital mutilation (FGM).
Speaking in Narasha village on Sunday during an anti-FGM crusade, the Group's outreach coordinator, Vitalis Wesa, said that it has became hard for local chiefs to deal with the problem since some of them are part of the outlawed cultural practice.
Wesa said that some local chiefs have been secretly shielding parents who force their young girls to undergo the cut and said that the proposed force will help in apprehending such administrators.
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“The government must think of a way to deal with this thing once and for all. Some communities especially in the pastoral areas have completely refused to abandon this culture and they are doing it secretly deep inside the villages,” said Wesa.
“A special police unit must be formed and deployed in all areas where the act is rampant so they can hunt down all perpetrators of this barbaric act," he added.
Wesa said that hundreds of girls in the pastoral areas of Baringo, Turkana, Pokot, Kajiado, Narok, Kuria, some parts of Central Kenya and north Rift as well as Coast have been forced to undergo the cut in the past three weeks.
“The government must not allow these people to win this war; they must know that there are laws and those who violate the laws must be prosecuted," said Wesa.
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