It has been extremely remiss of the Kenya Forum not to have covered this story before today but we would like to make up for that by calling for your help in backing the #JusticeForLiz campaign to push for the arrest and prosecution of those who gang-raped a 16 year old four months ago.
GANG-RAPED AND DUMPED IN A LATRINE
It was on June 26 that a Standard Seven pupil called Liz was beaten and gang-raped on her way home from her grandfather’s funeral at Tingolo village in Busia County and left for dead, dumped in a pit latrine. She survived but is now wheelchair bound with a broken spine and has the worst case of fistula as a result of the rape.
SUSPECTS MADE TO CUT GRASS
Liz recognized her rapists and identified them to the police and three men were arrested but only held on a charge of assault. Their punishment? The suspects were made to cut grass in the police compound before being released!
Now a campaign is gathering momentum headed by the African Women’s Community Network (Femnet), the Coalition on Woman Against Violence (Covaw) and Youth Deliver, to bring Liz’s attackers to justice, a campaign that has rightly received international recognition.
It is atrocious, says the Kenya Forum, that vicious rape attacks are still treated in such a casual fashion in our country.
PLEASE SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION
You can add your support to this campaign by signing an online petition HERE and by passing on this message to your friends asking for their support.
The Daily Nation has also offered to meet Liz’s medical expenses through their ‘Stand with Liz’ initiative. Those wishes to contribute to Liz’s medical fund can do so via Mpesa paybill number 500944, account 161616.
The Kenya Forum urges you to support this campaign – thank you!