Five women charged for being involved in Female Genital Mutilation

An elderly circumciser and four middle-aged women were on Thursday arraigned before a Narok Court charged for being involved in the outlawed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Mercy Chepkorir Langat, Faith Chebet Koech, Joan Chebet Tewet and Faith Chepkorir Yegon were accused that on November 22, 2017, at Kutete village in Narok West sub-county, knowingly and unlawfully allowed their premises for which they were in control of or responsible for, to be used for the purposes of performing the outlawed act.

The accused circumciser, Elena Tereget was charged that on the same day at the same village, knowingly and unlawfully performed the mutilating act to the four women.

They appeared before Narok Senior Principal Magistrate, Tito Gesora where they all pleaded not guilty.

The four accused, who were subjected to the act were then released on a Sh. 75, 000 bond each or a cash bail of Sh.50, 000.

Their case will be heard on December 4, 2017.

The Court however, denied Tereget release on bond, since records in court show that it was not her first time being arraigned in court for similar charges.

Counsel David Mwangi from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions told the court that her release on bond would create room to perform the act to other women since these acts are rampant during this long holiday.

The case will be ruled on November 29, 2017.

Last week, a woman pleaded guilty in the same court for subjecting her daughter to the cruel act.

The practice was outlawed in Kenya in 2001 under laws that prohibit customs harmful to children.

Under the FGM Act, any person who pays someone else to perform the practice, either in Kenya or abroad, or who provides premises to carry it out, is guilty of this offence and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a term of not less than three years, or to a fine of not less than Sh. 200,000 or both.

Source: Kenya New s Agency