Kenyan police are facing a global outcry this month over a brutal gang-raping of a girl named Liz during which men broke her back and then dumped her into a latrine. Not only were the men not prosecuted but they were told to simply cut grass as their punishment. There is a demand for an investigation of the local police but many Kenyan women are rallying around the case as illustrative of a rape epidemic in the country.
The local police force, known as administration police, are being investigated by the national police force. The rapists however have gone into hiding.
Liz was attacked after returning from a grandfather’s funeral in a village in Busia, western Kenya. She must now use a wheelchair and there is an effort to raise funds for her medical costs. I know of one group of employed local police officers who would seem an obvious source of such funds.
News accounts say that the girl was dropped into a pit latrine and had to climb out after finding stairs used by the workers to dig the latrine. To make matters worse, she knew the men and they were captured by villagers . . . only to be given the grass cutting duty. The girl herself was taken to the local doctor who completely missed a diagnosis of the broken back and told her to seek physical therapy. The family had to lease their farm to get money to take the girl to a more distant hospital where her broken back was confirmed by doctors.