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Kenyan teacher slaps student to deafness over lesbianism

15 July 2016, 12:41

Nairobi - A Kenyan teacher has been arraigned in court for allegedly slapping his student to deafness after accusing her of lesbian behaviour.

The teacher, Wycliffe King’ori was arraigned in court a court in Meru County Central Kenya Thursday, for allegedly damaging the girl's eardrum in the incident which took place in March.

King'ori allegedly slapped the 16 year old second year student whose name was withheld, after learning from fellow students that she had been showing lesbian tendencies, The Daily Nation reported.

The girl had earlier told the court that King'ori accused her of practising lesbianism in the institution and confronted her demanding an explanation. However, she claims that when she denied the allegations, the Math teacher slapped her on the left cheek thrice, dragged her outside the Principal's office and forced her to kneel down.

In her court submission, she said she felt severe pain in her ear and when she consulted a physician doctor, it was confirmed that her eardrum was badly damaged.

She was forced to seek treatment and surgery to restore her hearing capabilities, the report continues.

The World Health Organisation WHO describes a deaf person as 'one who is not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing – hearing thresholds of 25 dB or better in both ears – is said to have hearing loss. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe or profound. It can affect one ear or both ears, and leads to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud sounds'.

The case is set to continue October 5 2016.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya according to the penal code, which states categorically that “person who … has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature … or permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature” commits a felony, punishable on conviction by a fourteen-year prison term.  An attempt to commit an unnatural offense, also a crime, is , punishable on conviction by a seven-year prison term.

In 2015 during US President Barack Obama's visit to the East African country, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was quoted by the Al Jazeera news network as saying that gay rights was a 'non issue' in Kenya and that the country had more pressing concerns other than matters raised by a small minority.

Previously, Kenyatta's deputy William Ruto had caused outrage amongst the country's gay and lesbian after telling them that they were not welcome in Kenya, as quoted by The Standard; a statement which he refused to apologize for.

- News24


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