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Three women arrested for forcing their daughters undergo FGM

30 December 2014, 10:25

Kirinyaga - Three middle aged women were arrested in Kirinyaga County for forcing their daughters to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The three, who are said to be parents of the three girls aged between 13-14 years were arrested by police Sunday night following a tip off from members of the public.

According to Kirinyaga County police commander Charles Ontita, the suspects were arrested at their Ndindiruku home after police received information that they forced their children to undergo the cut.

However, the circumciser managed to escape and police are searching for her.

"It is unfortunate that we were not lucky as we could not arrest the circumciser, but my officers are on the ground together with the local administrators and I have instructed them to hunt her down I can promise she will face full force of the law," he said.

The victims were rushed to Kimbimbi hospital where they were treated and discharged.

The police boss said that the incident came to light after one of the victims started bleeding profusely after the cut and that it took a quick intervention by doctors to save her life.

Also read: Traditions run deeper than law on FGM

The practice he pointed is being practiced in the area undetected and urged local administrators to crackdown on those still engaging in the practice .

"The incident could have passed undetected if all went well, but when the victim started bleeding the parent panicked and raised alarm attracting residents who later informed the police," he said.

He warned that FGM is illegal in the country and any person found practicing archaic practice will face the full force of the law.

On Tuesday last week, Anti-Female Genital Mutilation board chairperson Jebii Kilimo lamented that the vice is still entrenched adding that churches should pLay more prominent role to help the communities change their attitude and mindset on FGM.

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