Lobby group seeks protection for domestic violence victim

Lobby group seeks protection for domestic violence victim

A lobby group, Equality Now, has challenged the government to protect a victim of domestic violence from a possible repeat attack in her hospital bed.

Josephine Wangari, 32, was allegedly slashed by her husband on her head, hands and legs after an argument when he returned home drunk and attacked her.

The couple lives in Muranga County and Ms Wangari fears she is still not safe as her husband, who is aware of her admission to a local hospital and has threatened to storm the ward and inflict further harm on her.

Naitore Nyamu-Mathenge, Justice for Girls/End Sexual Violence Program Officer at Equality Now says that since the perpetrator is still at large, it is very worrying and a serious failure by state agencies.

“The safety and security of victims of gender based violence should be protected at all times. Kenya’s Protection Against Domestic Violence Act provides various protection mechanisms for victims of domestic violence, and Josephine should benefit from the range of measures enshrined within the law,” argues Ms Naitore.

“Equality Now is calling on the Inspector General of Police to arrest the perpetrator, ensure Josephine’s safety, and undertake a thorough investigation of this case. We also ask the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions to institute criminal proceedings against the perpetrator.”

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