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Stripped Kayole woman not dead, says hospital

18 November 2014, 19:06 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The woman harassed and stripped naked by a mob in Kayole is alive and well, contrary to reports that she had died.

The woman was stripped naked Monday in the area as incidences of women being harassed for allegedly dressing indecently continued.

According to reports though, the woman had apparently died at the Mama Lucy hospital in the area from wounds inflicted during the beating and melee.

But the hospital has denied the reports saying she died and has confirmed that she is alive.

" As far as we are concerned, she is alive. She was brought here by her sister and police officers. We treated her and allowed her to go home last night," hospital chief Julius Ogeto said.

" The reports are false as we have just communicated with her next of kin and she is fine," he added.

The woman was the latest to be stripped naked for her supposed indecent dressing, a topic that has drawn widespread condemnation.

Over 100 persons were arrested over the Kayole incident and are in police custody.

Nearly 1,000 people took to the streets of Nairobi Monday to protest against a series of vicious public attacks on women who were stripped naked and assaulted for wearing mini-skirts or other clothing perceived to be immodest.

Videos of two attacks in Mombasa and Nairobi, taken on cellphones and circulated widely via Twitter and other social media, show mobs of men surrounding the women, wresting off their clothes and appearing to kick them in their genital area.

One of the march's organisers said she was aware of 10 separate attacks across Kenya. The Nairobi attack, which happened in broad daylight on a busy street last week, sparked outrage in the cosmopolitan capital.

Deputy President William Ruto called the incident barbaric and Inspector General Police David Kimaiyo has appealed to the victim to come forward, local media reported.

The march on Monday, which was made up mostly of women, was an unusual public display of support for women's rights in Kenya, where sex crimes are rarely prosecuted.

"I think the reason this sparked such outrage is it was so graphic and everyone who watched it felt violated," male artist and activist Boniface Mwangi, who donned a short dress for the march, told Reuters. "It could have been my wife, my daughter, my mother."

The crowd waved banners and chanted "My Dress, My Choice", then marched across central Nairobi to a bus stop that was the site of the attack.

"African women are given a long list of things they need to do to earn respect, whereas men are respected just because they are men," said Ciru Muriuki, a radio producer in Nairobi.

"This is our way of saying, it's my body and I can dress it any way I see fit."

Some have taken to Twitter to defend the men using the hashtag #NudityIsNotMyChoice, however.

"An African woman should be decent," said James Macharia, a 26-year-old student who stood watching the rally with a group of other men. "They are provoking us. And I think we should put in place laws to curb that."

The attacks recalled similar incidents in neighbouring Uganda, which passed an anti-pornography law last December that was widely seen as banning short skirts.

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