Police on FGM rescue mission attacked in Bomet

FILE - A man's T-shirt reads
FILE - A man's T-shirt reads "Stop the Cut" referring to Female Genital Mutilation during a social event advocating against the practice at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, April 21, 2016.

A section of residents in Kapkimolwo, Bomet, on Wednesday chased away police officers who had gone to the area to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) exercise from being performed on some girls.

Sources say that the armed residents, consisting of young boys and men, overpowered the four police officers from the nearby Kapkimolwo Police Station, who had gone to the area to rescue girls who were allegedly about to undergo FGM process at the time.

The girls are said to have been kept in a nearby thicket in the area awaiting the barbaric act.

Confirming the incident, Bomet OCPD Samson Rukunga said that the officers were forced to retreat, insisting that anyone found propagating the outlawed rite of passage will face the full wrath of the law.

“We want to advise members of the public and the secretary general from that community that they should avoid exposing their daughters to these harmful practices,” said Rukunga.


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