Court Detains Two On Charges Of Gang Rape

first_imgThe Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice has detained two persons at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) on charges of gang rape.Defendants Jayso Fizz and Qucto Henry, both residents of the 72nd Boulevard Community, were on July 24 arrested by the Liberia National Police (LNP) based upon a complaint filed by the victim’s mother alleging that her 12-year-old daughter was gang raped by the two defendants.The Police charge sheet said the victim was missing for over two weeks before her aunt found her at the home of defendants Fizz and Henry.According to the Police charge sheet, the victim was forcibly raped and beaten by the defendants, and that she was later taken to a nearby clinic by her parents where a medical checkup established that she was sexually abused.During police investigation, the victim disclosed that the defendants threatened to kill her if she told anyone about her ordeal.However, defendants Fizz and Henry have denied the allegation against them.The two defendants are detained, awaiting court trial on a date to be subsequently announced by the court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kenyan men flee to escape enforced circumcision

first_imgTHE CIRCUMCISION SEASON among Kenya’s Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer.For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party, it’s time to flee.At least 12 men from other tribes have been forcibly circumcised since the start of the circumcisions in August, according to police and local authorities. Others have sought refuge in police stations to avoid the knife’s cut.The Bukusu ethnic group prefers traditional circumcisions using simple tools and no anaesthesia. But tradition can be disastrous. A 13-year-old boy lost his penis this month after it was chopped off by a circumciser, according to local press reports quoting his parents.Adult male members of the Turkana community living in the Bukusu-dominated town of Moi’s Bridge are the majority of the victims of the forced circumcisions, according to local administrator Moses Okumu. A group of Turkana men wielding swords, bows and clubs held protests last week over the spate of forced procedures.Michael Ngilimo said a family member was forcibly cut by a group moving house to house in search of uncircumcised men.“They pounced on my uncle and circumcised him and left him there bleeding without treatment. I spent a sleepless nights as my uncle was bleeding,” he said. “I woke up very early to go and look for medicine.”To avoid becoming victims, many other Turkana men in the area sleep in the corn fields and others seek refuge in the police station, he said. The Turkana will fight back if the trend continues, Mkai warned.“All of us should respect each other’s customs. If you force someone to adopt your custom it may harm him,” he said. “We are known, we fight with the (rival tribe) Pokot. We fight every day. We have killed. We are not afraid of death.”No one has been arrested for the involuntary circumcisions, said Okumu, the local government official. He warned that those who continue with the practice will be charged.Wycliffe Khaemba, a laborer from the Bukusu tribe, said that because Turkana were living among them and marrying their girls, “we want them to be clean.”“The foreskin keeps a lot of germs and it also prevents them performing in bed,” he said. Khaemba said that while some Turkana men are persuaded to agree to circumcision, others are “cowards” who have to be forced.Circumcision is a big deal among the Luhya community, the second-largest ethnic group in Kenya, said Martin W.W. Waliaula, a local politician and business leader who is Bukusu.“Cows are slaughtered, people feasting and dancing before the ceremony,” he said.Among the Bukusu, when one is circumcised in the traditional way rather than going to the hospital, he is considered a hero, Waliaula said. Communities that do not circumcise which live among them are the Luo, Teso and Turkana. When a member of those communities marries a Bukusu woman the community may force some to be circumcised at the request of their Bukusu wives and in-laws.“The spirit wants but the body is scared,” he said. “So the community helps them overcome their fear.”Read: Uganda tests ‘rubber band circumcision’ in battle against HIVlast_img read more