Kenyans walk free after brutal rape

AFP-JIJI

Kenyans are demanding justice after three men accused of brutally gang-raping a school girl and dumping her body in a pit latrine were ordered to cut grass as punishment.

The 16-year-old girl was reportedly attacked, beaten and then raped by six men as she returned from her grandfather’s funeral in western Kenya in June. The gang dumped her, bleeding and unconscious, in a deep sewage ditch.

The victim knew some of the attackers, and three of them were taken by villagers to the local police station, The Nation newspaper said. “The three . . . were only ordered to cut grass around the police camp and set free shortly after,” the girl’s mother told the paper.

She is now wheelchair-bound with a broken back, caused either by the beating or by being hurled down into the pit. She has also suffered a fistula — a hole between her vagina and rectum — meaning she leaks stools and urine, the paper said.

The newspaper has launched a campaign to raise money for the girl’s medical costs, estimated at more than $7,000.