Woman charged with subjecting her daughter to FGM

A woman has been arraigned before a Narok court charged with subjecting her daughter to the outlawed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Nancy Nyambura was charged that on the night of November 13, 2017 at Nasila in Olpopong area in Narok North she and her husband allowed 13-year-old daughter (name withheld) to undergo the cruel act of genital mutilation contrary to the FGM Prohibition Act 2011.

Nyambura pleaded guilty of the offence before Narok Senior Principal Magistrate Mr. Tito Gesora.

The prosecutor told the court that the girl came to her mother during the day on November 13 and said she wanted to be circumcised just like the rest of her peers and this lead to her parents to arrange for the cut to be done upon her daughter.

He further said that later in the night after the offence had been committed and money changed hands, the chief of the area was informed and went to Nyambura’s home to inquire why she allowed the cut to be performed on her daughter, knowing it was illegal.

The accused failed to give a satisfactory answer and the chief arrested her. In mitigation, the accused pleaded for leniency saying she regretted the offence.

A medical examination conducted on the girl and produced in court shows that the girl had been mutilated.

The case will be mentioned on November 29 for a probation officers report before sentence.

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 Sh200, 000 or both.

The FGM practice is rampant among some Kenyan communities with the prevalence standing at over 70 per cent among the Maasai. The girls are usually married off as soon as they are circumcised thus jeopardizing their future.

Source: Kenya News Agency