War against FGM heightened

Narok County Director of Children Fred Simi has asked area residents to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to relevant government authorities.

Simi observed that the vice was common in the county despite sensitization campaigns on the dangers of the practice.

He was speaking to KNA in his office Tuesday where he warned those still engaging or exposing their children to FGM of arrest and prosecution.

The children director was speaking a day after police in Emurrua Dikirr arrested four married women for undergoing the procedure. The four aged between 20 and 24 years were arrested at a caretaker’s home as they were recuperating in secret after the operation.

According to Trans Mara East Deputy County Commissioner Chaka Nyamawi, the young women were covered in blankets and had ceremonial cultural decorations on their legs indicating they had graduated into adulthood.

Mr Nyamawi said their caretaker escaped after she got tipped that security officers were looking for her.

He lamented that the community had changed tact after realizing that the government had tightened its war on FGM adding that most young girls opted to get married first to undergo the cut.

“The practice was in the past done mostly during holidays on young girls. But the practitioners have now developed a new strategy of performing female circumcision at night and in high secrecy,” he said.

Mr Nyamawi asked chiefs in his area of jurisdiction to continue with the operation to arrest all those involved in FGM.

By Ann Salaton

Source: Kenya News Agency