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Five women nursing complications after experiencing FGM

Five women are undergoing treatment at Longisa County Referral Hospital in Bomet County after going through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

according to  Cheboin Location Chief Alfred Orwasa, the women aged 25 to 35 were discovered following a tip-off from members of the public.

Elizabeth Baliach, 80 who did the procedure was apprehended and her gadgets confiscated.

Baliach alongside five other women, are to be arraigned at the Bomet Law Court.

During the arrest, two women ran away evading arrest.

Meanwhile, Nyumba Kumi members are working with officers to locate the pair.

Kenya criminalised FGM in 2011 with a punishment of three years imprisonment and a Shs 215, 500 fine.

Some communities still regard FGM as a necessity for social recognition and an increment in marriage prospects hence the persistence of the practice.

Nevertheless, the court was ruling on an appeal to authorize FGM because the prohibition is illegal and that mature woman ought to be granted freedom of choice in regards to their bodies.

“We find that limiting this right is reasonable in an open and democratic society, based on the dignity of women,” stated judge Lydia Achode. “The amended petition is devoid of merit and hereby dismissed.”

In 2017, the appeal was raised by a female doctor, Tatu Kamau, proposing that women were being harassed and detained for undergoing FGM.

Despite President Uhuru Kenyatta guaranteeing to end the practice by 2022, FGM is still prevalent with an approximation of 200 million girls and women worldwide who have already been exposed to it.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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