By John Makubah.
A family from Mutaliwa Village in Mt. Elgon Constituency in Bungoma County is crying for justice after their 15-year-old daughter was allegedly defiled and impregnated by a regular police officer attached to Chesikaki post.
The suspect, Joseph Baliti Bitok, allegedly defiled the Class Seven pupil in October last year.
According to the victim, Bitok seduced her in August last year, and would pass by the girl’s home in the evening when her parents were still at work.
The victim claimed the suspect would later lure him to his house at the police quarters and defile her.
Upon realising she had conceived, the victim says she told Bitok, who asked her not to terminate the pregnancy or inform anyone about it.
“Ever since that conversation, he has never looked for me,” said the victim, who is the first born in a family of two.
The minor gave birth to a baby boy, sired by the police officer, two weeks ago.
The girl, who wishes to become a medical doctor in the future, has since dropped out of school.
The victim’s father says in early 2019, seven police officers went to his home and asked him to claim responsibility for the pregnancy should the department of children’s services pursue the matter.
The minor’s father declined to cooperate with the police officers.
The victim, on the other hand, insisted that she knew the man who impregnated her.
“I am hurting that a person I knew too well preyed on my daughter and ruined her life,” said the victim’s father.
The middle-aged father says his quest to get justice for his daughter has been frustrated by senior police officers in Mt. Elgon.
The victim’s father says the department of children’s services took up the matter, but their efforts to assist his family have been frustrated, given the suspect was transferred to Taita Taveta County.
Meanwhile, Bitok allegedly wrote a letter to the children’s department claiming responsibility for the pregnancy, and even going ahead to ask the agency to help him take care of the child.
“I am the named police officer attached at Chesikaki.
“I ask the children’s office to allow me to take care of the child that was born by [name withheld], the daughter of [name withheld].
“I will also take them to school. I am the biological parent of the newborn child as a result of defilement.
“I plead to the office to assist me to take care of the child,” wrote Bitok in his letter.