Gang-Rape Impunity Ignites Protests in Kenya

Gang-Rape Impunity Ignites Protests in Kenya

From NPR

The gang-rape of a 16-year-old Kenyan schoolgirl — and the lack of punishment given to the alleged rapists — has sparked outrage in the country and beyond.

The attack was so violent it left the girl in a wheelchair with severe back injury. She identified some of her attackers, who police apprehended — only to let go after they were ordered to cut the lawn at the police station.

Several hundred marchers stopped traffic on Nairobi’s Central Kenyatta Street Thursday morning carrying cardboard boxes representing the more than 1.2 million online signatures called “Justice for Liz.” Liz is a pseudonym for the girl in the case, who lives in Busia County, Kenya.

Ngozi Nwosu, an activist from Nigeria joining the march, says she was struck by how many Kenyan men were marching with them.

“There are men joining women to speak against rape,” she says. “In Nigeria women are most likely [to] stand alone. Kenya is doing well in terms of standing up against injustice.”

In Kenya, where most rapes go unnoticed and unreported, this case has struck a chord.

Nebila Abdulmelik wrote the petition in those cardboard boxes calling for the rapists to be arrested and the police officers disciplined.

“I think everything about this case was so outrageous,” she says.

‘Emboldens Others To Also Rape’

On June 24, “Liz” was , when she was ambushed by six men, one age 17, the others 18.

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