A disturbing clip of a woman being stripped naked at the CBD by a group of touts operating the Embassava route has been going viral on social media since yesterday.
As seen in the clip, which was apparently recorded by one of the goons, only one man comes to the aid of the helpless woman and begs the dozens of the other men who are pulling, pushing and tearing her clothes to let her be. Sadly, the Good Samaritan is overpowered and the poor woman ends up being stripped bare, including her inner garments.
The fact that the disturbing incident was happening in broad day light, in Nairobi’s CBD for that matter, and there was no police in sight leaves a lot to be desired, much worse the act was barbaric, an injustice and an abuse to the dignity not just of this woman, but to all the woman in Kenya.
It doesn’t matter whether or not the woman was indecently dressed, after all what’s the benchmark for what is considered decent? Furthermore, how did stripping her bare aid in enhancing her decency?
Efforts to get feedback from the management of Embasava Sacco have proved futile after, one of the supervisors contacted alleged that he is not aware of the incident.
As a woman, I can boldly say that we live in a society with scores of perverted men and most of the time, regardless of whether you are wearing a dress that runs all the way to your shoes or one that ends at your knees, it’s almost impossible to walk in some areas, especially downtown or in some suburbs within the city, without getting inappropriate remarks from men. Some will even go to the extremes of spanking /pinching your bottom or even brushing across your bosom.
Dare confront the culprits and you will be hit by the harsh reality that you are fighting a losing battle as they will either hurl unprintable words towards you or even threaten to beat you up, all this as the ever curious Kenyan onlookers just stop to listen, see the drama and walk away.
WOMEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CONDEMN EMBASSAVA TOUTS
A section of women who are fed up with such violations on women considering that this is not an isolated case, have taken up social media to condemn the obscenity actions targeting their gender. The women are seeking for government’s intervention to stop these abuse and are also calling on the Embassava Sacco to take disciplinary measures against the touts who committed the offense.
Subsequently, an online petition against violation of women in the country has been created at AVAAZ.ORG.
“We are concerned by the trend where citizens will find it allowable to strip naked women and go scot-free. We are disturbed that the gains made in ensuring equal right of women and men in this country are being trampled on by citizens who go unpunished. This is a high level of impunity that must be addressed.” Reads part of the petition, which is to be delivered to Nairobi governor, Evans Kidero, Senator Mike Sonko and the OCPD Nairobi.
Cases of rape and defilement have been on the rise in the country lately, and in most cases, the perpetrators walk scot free to the agony of the victims. This mostly occurs due to shoddy jobs from the police which lead to loss of crucial evidence needed for prosecution.
If such bold barbaric acts from egocentric men, who will violate women just to satisfy their egos, are entertained, then soon we will see girls and women getting raped under the ‘justification’ that they provoked it.
The girl child in Kenya should grow up proud of being a woman and her body and not afraid of the dangers her gender poses to her because of perverted men in the society.
ARTICLE by Winnie Kabintie