Police in Samburu County are investigating an incident in which a 14 year old girl was reportedly forced to under Female Genital Mutilation by her parent at Nga’ri village in Samburu central sub county.
The victim who had sat for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) this year told journalists that her mother forced her to undergo the painful cultural practice.
“My mum had told me about it, they woke me up at 3 am and forced me through the painful act, i am in lots of pain now,” said the shaken minor at Maralal police station.
Samburu county police Commander Alfred Agengo confirmed the incident saying that police have already launched the investigations into the incident with an aim of apprehending suspects.
He urged communities that are still practicing FGM in the region to abandon as the harmful cultural practice has been outlawed.
“This tradition has been passed by events, it is unlawful. It is a social and a health problem because it affects a child emotionally and this might interfere with her education,” said Agengo.
Agengo said that the girl will be taken to a rescue centre away from any suspects so that she can help the police with investigations
Paskalina Naibash, a staff at Samburu Girls Foundation said incidences of FGM have greatly increased in the county especially during this December holiday.
She warned parents that whoever that will be found forcing FGM on their children will not escape legal punishment as per the law.