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Gender activists protest against rise cases of Defilement, call for action.

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Seeds of Hope executive and a GBV activist Ruth Manoti leading protests a against defilement cases which are in the rise in Kisii county [photo Courtesy ]

By Leighton Osinde.

Kisii Kenya 06 April 2021…………….Following defilement cases which has been reported in Kisii county some being perpetrated by relatives ,Gender activists have protested against the incidents .

The Protest comes after allegedly step father defiled his six year old daughter on Sunday

Addressing the press after the demos, an executive from Seeds of hope organization also GVB activist Ruth Manoti said more needs to be done to arrest the situation in the area by calling the security agencies to speed up and arrest the culprits naming Marani as a rape, defilement hotspot that requires special attention.

Manoti expressed concern that some parents settle defilement cases at home in exchange for money at the expense of the future their girls. She warned that culprits will be arrested and prosecuted.

” I urge parents to stop the habit of settling defilement matters at home and instead take the affected girls to the nearest sub county hospital for examination and tests within 72 hours after the incident,”said Manoti

Marani has been recording the largest number of rape and defilement cases annually sparking fears among parents in the area.

Lack of witnesses is said to hamper prosecution of the suspects ,police say.

At least 200 teenage girls tested pregnant last year alone according to the area education officials.

Esnas Nyaramba of the Young Democrats said the situation has been growing for the worse citing a recent incident where a 78 year man impregnated a standard six pupil in the area.

“We want these perpetrators not only to be locked up but be castrated as well,”she told Gusii star .

Police in the Marani have already begun a man hunt for the suspect while the daughter is receiving medical attention at Kisii Teaching and Refferal Hospital.