There was drama in Kericho County as twenty-two women were detained on Friday for engaging in the illegal Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The four were found guilty by a Kericho court and sentenced to four months in Jail. The accused women engaged in this practice between the 26th October and the 2nd November 2020 in Kaptele village. The court heard that they failed to report to the police despite knowing that the practice is prohibited under the FGM Act.
It is reported that three police officers made an impromptu visit to the venue of the act following a tip off from the residents. On arriving, they found these women covered in blankets. Unknown to them, they were arrested and booked at the Litein Police Station.
After the arrest, they were taken to Kapkatet hospital where the doctors confirmed FGM after subjecting them to clinical tests. The women pleaded guilty before Resident Magistrate Elizabeth Karani at the Kericho Magistrate court. They further said that they underwent the FGM process willingly and pleaded for leniency from the judge.
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The accused were told to serve a jail sentence of four months each or pay a fine of 20,000 Kenya shillings. However, all of them could not afford to pay that amount and were put behind bars. They now have 14 days to appeal that judgement in a higher court.