KENYA: Stop the Cut or Face Law, Parents Told

Parents in Marakwet who circumcise their daughters will be prosecuted, district commissioner Joseph Otieno has said.

Politicians, clergymen, provincial administrators and the public had a role to play in fighting forced circumcision of girls, the DC said.

Mr Otieno also warned parents planning to subject girls to the “cut” during the December holidays to desist or face the law. Under the Children’s Act, it is a criminal offence to circumcise girls under 18 years of age.

Harmful practice

He commended outgoing area MP Linah Kilimo for fighting against female circumcision.

“This is a dangerous and harmful practice to girls since a number of them will not pursue their education come January,” the DC said.

Female circumcision was outdated and led to discrimination against girls in education because most of those who are circumcised are also forced into early marriages.

“Communities still embracing it should abandon the practice since it exposes their women to ridicule and health complications,” Mr Otieno said.


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DATE: 28/11/2007

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