Rights group wants Coast General Hospital probed over conflicting rape reports

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On Mon, 18 Dec, 2023 18:59 | 2 mins read
Rights group wants Coast General Hospital probed over conflicting rape reports
Mombasa Law Courts. PHOTO/Seej Africa Website

A human rights group has now moved to the High Court in Mombasa seeking orders to compel investigative agencies to launch a probe into the generation of Post Rape Care ( PRC) forms at the Gender-based Violence Recovery Centre in the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital (CGTRH).

The applicant, Commission for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) Executive Director Julius Ogogoh, under certificate of urgency, wants the Directorate of Criminal Investigations' Child Protection Unit, Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome, and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to launch investigations into two conflicting medical reports issued by the hospital on May 16 and May 31 this year about an incident involving a nine-year-old girl.

In one of the reports, medical officers at the hospital indicated that the minor had been defiled, while the second report revealed that the minor's hymen was intact.

"The two reports raised concerns that medical procedures conducted on the minor had been manipulated to achieve a particular I'll motive," Ogogoh argues.

"I urge the court to issue orders recommending the prosecution of the perpetrators found culpable in the threatened violation of the rights of the minor," he said

Ogogoh, in an affidavit tabled before the court, further claims that the perpetrators are well-connected individuals out for personal financial gain and have used their influence to access powerful public offices to continue to threaten the interest of the minor.

"The court should note that the violations originated after the minor's aunt reported an alleged defilement, prompting an examination at the Coast General Hospital. Post Rape Care forms filled during the examination confirmed that the minor had not been defiled," Ogogoh adds.

He further told the court that the woman was not satisfied with the examination results and in cohorts with other unknown persons who are government officials managed to abduct the minor and had a second examination done without the consent of the biological parents.

"During the second examination, a health officer attached to the referral hospital was roped into the scheme and was used to fill in a fallacious report contradicting the first report. The second report indicated that the minor had been defiled," Ogogohs's affidavit reads.

Malicious act

Ogogoh argues that the actions of the said relatives and their accomplishes violated the rights of the minor, her dignity, privacy and well-being to an extent that amounted to psychological torture.

"It is therefore imperative that further investigations be carried out to ascertain those culpable and playing dirty tricks with the life of the minor for either personal or financial gains," he adds.

A third report recently conducted on the minor under the supervision of four medical officers following orders by High Court Judge Olga Sewe after Ogogoh raised alarm over the two previous conflicting reports indicated that the minor had not been sexually molested.

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