BY ELIZABETH ANGIRA & BRIGHTON MAKORI
A thirty-year-old woman is nursing injuries at Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital after her left hand was chopped off by her in-law over family wrangles.
Eunice Moraa of Sengera Bosoti said that she was cultivating her nappier grass and shortly her brother in-law whom she identified as Joshua Ogaro intruded and in the process chopped off her hand.
Moraa said that she was rescued by her neighbours and rushed to hospital where she is receiving treatment.
“Am a peasant farmer living a vulnerable life, I don’t know who will take care cater of my children, “she said.
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The cause of the incident has however been not established as police officers from the region are hunting for the man for justice to prevail.
The incident comes just a year after, another two incidents’ were reported at the Kisii teaching and referral hospital in 2019. The culprits are yet to be prevailed upon.
According Kisii Teaching and referral hospital CEO Dr Enock Ondari, the hospital receives more than 200 cases of victims of Gender based violence every month. A cause he says is alarming and called upon leaders to take action and rally against it.
“It is sad that the hospital is receiving two hundred cases of GBV yearly. Something should be done to avert this”, he said
However, Dr Ondari said that the patient is in a stable condition and she is undergoing medication to stabilize her condition.
Elsewhere, Speaking when she visited the patient, Kisii Woman representative Janet Ongera have asked police to move with speed and bring to book the suspect who is at large.
” It’s high time for women to be respected, we can’t sit down as we watch women being assaulted daily. We should take action and all suspects of this magnitude should be arrested and let the law take its cause, “She said.
She further said that the two cases where by women were chopped off their hands were recorded in 2019 and no culprits was arrested should be revived and suspects be apprehended.
She asked chiefs and their assistants to carry out civic education at the grassroots’ level so as to let women to know their rights.
Her sentiments were echoed by nominated Kisii Member of County assembly Caren Magara who said that women are vulnerable and they should be respected at all levels.
MS Magara pleaded women to report such cases to relevant authorities for them to have justice and never to shy off.
Intervention and change tact
International Solidarity Foundation chair Joel Machuka , says that the organization registers many cases of gender based violence, where most of the cases are never reported to relevant authorities.
Mr Machuka says that among the obstacles to ending gender-based violence was the persistence of traditional stereotypes of masculinity which he says should end.
“We urge a focus on the root causes of violence, and call for a more effective way of prosecution of perpetrators and greater emphasis on lowering the threshold for men to seek help to change their violent behavior.
Hence we should also Invest in violence prevention in schools in order to change attitudes associated with destructive masculinity. If men decide to fight gender violence, it may make an impact given that men are the perpetrators in most cases”, Machuka told Gusii Star.