Teen's rape galvanises support in Kenya

2013-11-07 17:01
About 300 women marched through Kenya's capital on Thursday to protest the rape of a 16-year-old girl, after more than 1.3 million people signed an online petition. (AP Photo)

About 300 women marched through Kenya's capital on Thursday to protest the rape of a 16-year-old girl, after more than 1.3 million people signed an online petition. (AP Photo)

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Tingolo - The case of a 16-year-old girl now confined to a wheelchair is helping shine a light on what activists say is a largely hidden crime in Kenya: rape.

The teenager was gang-raped and thrown into a pit latrine in western Kenyan in June. The attackers' light punishment has fueled a wave of anger here. Administrative police made the suspects cut grass at a police post and then let them go.

A wave of publicity has built over the last couple weeks and Kenya's political heavyweights are also speaking up in support of the victim.

Lydia Muthiani, deputy executive director of the Coalition on Violence Against Women, says rape is an "invisible crime" in Kenya because police and prosecutors rarely investigate.

Read more on:    kenya  |  gender equality  |  east africa

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