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Kenya Protesters: Cutting Grass Not Punishment for Gang Rape

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 08:55 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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Hundreds of Kenyans took to the streets Thursday to demand justice for a 16-year-old gang-rape victim whose assailants were released after local police forced them to cut grass, the Guardian reported.
 
Outside the office of Kenya’s police chief, demonstrators carried placards stating that “Cutting the grass is not punishment for rape.”
 
Protesters also said they submitted to police a petition with more than 1.5 million signatures from across the globe demanding that all six of the attackers be prosecuted and that the victim receive compensation.
 
She is a teenage girl known only as Liz, who was raped in June in western Kenya and thrown into a pit latrine. The teenager is currently wheelchair-bound during her recovery from bladder, bowel and spleen surgeries.
 
The BBC reported that the rape occurred when she was returning from her grandfather’s funeral.
 
Even though Liz was able to identify three of her attackers and a child protective agency has given police their names and addresses, no arrests have been made in the case, according to the Guardian.
 
The victim's mother, whose name is being kept confidential, said the family had to lease its only plot of land, effectively bankrupting them, to get treatment for Liz.
 
"Why has no one been arrested?" she asked.
 
 
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