Alarm over rise of gangs who suckle women’s breasts in Mombasa

Alarm over rise of gangs who suckle women's breasts in Mombasa

Women in Kisauni, Mshomoroni and adjacent areas are now living in fear following attacks and acts of sexual harassment by a gang of young boys.

The boys who are allegedly aged between 12 and 18 are said to ambush their victims on their way home from work or functions and stealing their valuables. In the event the victim does not have money or a mobile phone on them, the boys then proceed to suckle their breasts.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, some of the women said the act is not only a violation of their rights but also a health risk as they fear they could get infected with HIV/AIDS.

The women now lament that some of those boys are as young as their grandchildren and yet no action has been taken by security agencies despite reporting the incidents.

According to Joseph Deng’ea, an elder in Mshomoroni, he has received reports of the harassment but the victims shy away from reporting to the authorities.

“The women are always pleading with me to let them remain anonymous which makes it very difficult to pursue these culprits,” he said.

County Commissioner Mohamed Maalim has however appealed to victims to come forward and report the incidents.

At the same time, Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa has directed police officers to arrest leaders of criminal gangs among them Wakali Kwanza and Wakali Wao accused of attacking locals in Kisauni area in Mombasa county.

Speaking to journalists in his office on Wednesday evening, Marwa said the gangs were harassing women in some parts of Leisure and Mtopanga that have now turned into dangerous zones.

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Story By Wangui Ngechu
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