How A Mere Phone Call Saved Young Girl From Outlawed Female Circumcision

 KEY POINTS

  • A form two girl from Naira Sirasa, Narok, has been rescued by detectives moments before going through the female circumcision exercise.
  • DCI, in a report, said that the girl was to undergo the dreaded Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Thursday August 4, 2022
  • FGM was outlawed in Kenya in 2011. The legislation imposed harsh penalties on those found guilty of cutting women and girls

A form two girl from Naira Sirasa, Narok, has been rescued by detectives moments before going through the female circumcision exercise.

DCI, in a report, said that the girl was to undergo the dreaded Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Thursday August 4, 2022 and her quick action to call  her school’s head girl saved her. 

“The minor who studies at an established girl’s high school in Nakuru, learnt of the plan by her parents to force her undergo the inhuman procedure, today August 4, 2022,” DCI said.

The head girl is based in Thindigua, Kiambu County and was in company of her parents when she received the call from her school mate.

Without wasting time, she informed DCI detectives through the #FichuakwaDCI anonymous hotline 0800 722 203 and “a team was dispatched to Narok, for the minor’s rescue.”

“The girl is now safely in our hands as detectives secure a safe house to accommodate her for the time being. Meanwhile, her parents have since been arrested and are currently in custody, assisting detectives with investigations,” DCI said.

FGM was outlawed in Kenya in 2011. The legislation imposed harsh penalties on those found guilty of cutting women and girls including three years imprisonment and a fine of not less Kshs180000.

Despite that, the practice is still carried on and a 2021 report by the United Nations  Children’s Fund indicates that  574,000 girls are at risk of undergoing FGM by 2030.

“Here in Kenya around 4 million, or one in five, women and girls have been subjected to FGM. In some communities, this rises as high as 94 percent. Although overall these numbers have declined over recent years, they remain much too high,” part of the report read.

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