A 9-year-old girl from Mukuyu Village in Lugari Constituency, Kakamega County is receiving treatment at Mautuma Sub-County Hospital after she was defiled by a distant relative on Wednesday, August 19.
The girl’s mother told K24 Digital that her daughter had gone to fetch firewood, when her 16-year-old distant kin defiled her.
“On Wednesday evening, my daughter, who had gone to fetch firewood, ran towards me while crying and said she had been sexually abused by her cousin. According to my child, the teenager took her into a maize plantation, where the defilement happened,” said the victim’s mother.
A women’s rights activist, Alice Ombima, condemned the incident, urging the victim’s mother to a file report with authorities so that action can be taken against the perpetrator.
“Most times, when such atrocities are conducted by relatives, the aggrieved parties usually choose to settle the matter out of court. On this case, I strongly urge the girl’s mother against resolving the matter out of court. The child was completely hurt,” said Ombima.
Meanwhile, the 16-year-old suspect’s whereabouts remain unknown.