Stiffer Laws Called for Against Rapists

From Nation 17th May 2012

Women MPs on Thursday called on the government to put in place stringent measures to safeguard women against rape and domestic violence.

Nominated MP Rachel Shebesh said at the launch of the international campaign to stop rape and gender violence in Nairobi that Kenya Women Parliamentarians Association was working to ensure laws against rape were fully implemented.

She said the fight against the vices would only succeed if the Judiciary acted on pending cases promptly and imposed heavy penalties.

The director of the Greenbelt Movement, the organisers of the event, Prof Njoroge Karanja, called on the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko, to ensure that 4,500 rape cases filed during the 2007/08 post-election violence were prosecuted.

“A taskforce is already at work to establish whether the law against rape is being observed because the implementation on ground has been a major issue,” he said.

This comes after the Economic Survey 2012 revealed that defilement and rape topped the category of offences last year.

According to the survey report released on Tuesday, 3,352 cases of defilement and 1,051 rape cases were reported last year, a 19.4 per cent and 50.4 per cent increase, respectively, compared to 2010.

A walk against rape will be flagged off this morning at the Freedom Corner, in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park.

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