MP warns parents against forcing girls into FGM
01 December 2014, 19:06
Nairobi - Kuresoi south Member of Parliament Zakayo cheruiyot has warned residents of Kuresoi district against forcing their daughters to undergo female genital mutilation.
Speaking in his constituency on Sunday after attending a church service at the Kuresoi south AIC church, the Mp warned those propagating the outlawed cultural practice that they risk being arrested.
He said that some parents have been secretly taking their girls for the forbidden cut and asked the local administration to be extra vigilant.
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“The December season is here and some parents are secretly forcing their girls to undergo the cut. Such parents must be warned that the law is very clear on this issue and if they are caught they will end up in prison. We must move away from that barbaric culture which adds nothing but suffering to the lives of these young girls,” said Cheruiyot.
Cheruiyot at the same time warned clinics and traditional doctors who have been engaging in the business that their days are numbered. He called on school girls who will be forced to undergo the cut to immediately report to the chiefs offices or the nearest police station.
“Let those chiefs, doctors and clinics who have been working with these parents be warned that the government will soon catch up with them,” he said.
The legislator advised parents to take their girls through alternative initiation passage rites like the ones being organized by churches and non-governmental organizations.
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