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Rights groups want Mochama prosecuted for sexual assault

02 October 2014, 09:37 Daisy Onkoba

Nairobi - Women rights groups have condemned the alleged sexual violence and indecent assault on prominent poet, Shailja Patel by Standard Newspaper Columnist Tony Mochama.

In a statement, the Patel rights groups led by the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) said the atrocious account of the alleged crime must be investigated forthwith and appropriate charges brought against the perpetrator.

“The offence of sexual violence is a most barbaric, gruesome and most traumatizing offence that not only violates an individuals’ personal sovereignty but rubbishes the whole realm and body of women human rights,” the women groups said.

They added that sexual assault is a grave human rights violation and demanded that justice be done not only in Patel’s case but also in all other cases of a similar nature.

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“This incident is not an isolated one; sexual assault occurs with frightening regularity in this country. Women, girls, women with special needs, in the LGBTI community, Trans people and sex workers are especially targeted with impunity – it is well known that the complaints of sexual assault and violence including rape that they file at the police stations are simply disregarded,” the groups said.

On this note, the women lobby groups called on the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to submit an account of all pending sexual violence cases, reasons for their delay in conclusive investigations as well as action taken by his office to remedy the delays, refusal and/ or negligence in investigations.

They also called on the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to give an account of all cases of sexual violence countrywide that have not been prosecuted, reasons why they have not been prosecuted and what cause of action he has taken to avert the continued travesty of justice by such non prosecutions.

“We demand that there be an immediate setting up of fast-track courts for rape and other forms of sexual violence across the country. Sentencing should be done within a period of six months from the date of crime,” the groups urged.

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