FGM: 2 women arrested in Isiolo

by Lawyer Wanz

Two women have been arrested for conducting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on four girls at Sechelezi, Isiolo County on Saturday.

One of the two women is the mother of the 3 girls and an aunt to the fourth girl, while the other was the one who cut the girls’ genitals.

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While confirming the incident, Isiolo county police commander Hassan Barua, said that they got a tip-off from a villager and when police officers visited the home they arrested the two.

The four survivors were taken to Isiolo level four hospital for treatment.

“We are holding the two waiting to arraign them on Monday for subjecting the girls to genital mutilation,” Barua Said.

Barua warned that those who are conducting FGM will face the law. 

Last month, the government tasked the chiefs in Kuria to intensify efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as the season for the practice nears.

The development comes at a time stakeholders have intensified their bid to end the vice and are keen to ensure that no girl is subjected to FGM.

The progress is impressive. However the threat is still real,” Kuria West Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Andrew Mweti said.

The chiefs, who are close to community members and communicate with them on a daily basis have now been placed at the forefront of the fight against FGM.

According to the DCC, the government has put sufficient measures to stop FGM, as it has called upon girls who are being targeted to raise alarm and report.

In December last year, over 300 girls were rescued as over 60 FGM perpetrators who include ‘cutters’ and parents were arrested.


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