Abuse cases against women with children to different fathers

Embu County Gender Department has raised alarm over increased cases of abuse against women with children by different fathers as they tried to get birth certificates for them.

The Gender County Executive Member, Dr. Joan Mwende said the abuse happen as the women tried to access birth notification forms from their former husbands so as to register their children using names of the ‘new’ fathers.

The CEC member said the women faced hostility from men determined not to have their children registered in other men’s names.

She warned that if the Civil Registration department does not allow such children to get birth certificates without producing the notification form, many of them risked remaining unregistered.

Dr. Mwende was speaking during International Women’s Day celebrations in Makima market, Mbeere South Sub County on Thursday.

The registration has been occasioned by plans by the Government to register all learners through the National Education Management Information System aimed at capturing the details of all learners.

The Civil Registration department should allow such children to be registered without producing the notification form because it is not easy for their mothers to access them. They face hostility from the different fathers, she said.

Dr. Mwende at the same time, raised concern over laxity by area police and judiciary departments to expedite women abuse cases and have suspects arrested and jailed.

This is after residents complained that rape suspects were being released by police and going back to wayward ways to terrorize women.

She said they are working closely with the County commissioner’s office to ensure that suspects are arrested and charged.

The County’s Action Aid Coordinator, Josephine Wangari called on the County government to come up with a witness protection programme to ensure witnesses presented themselves to testify in court.

She cited an incident where a suspect allegedly defiled three girls years ago and the case has dragged in court due to threatening of witnesses by the suspect.

We might not achieve an abuse free County against women if there is no witness protection programme as the willingness to offer evidence against suspects is not there, she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency