WATCH: Doctors arrested in Kenya while performing abortion on abducted 14-year-old

2016-06-23 12:09


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Nairobi - Two doctors have been arrested in Kenya for performing an abortion on an abducted 14-year-old girl, a report said on Thursday.

The physicians from a hospital in Kakamega County, western Kenya, were said to have kidnapped the minor from her home on Tuesday night and hid her in an unidentified health care facility, where they started performing the illegal procedure, said.

The doctors were allegedly working under the instructions of a 35-year-old man who was reportedly responsible for the pregnancy, 

The girl's relatives were said to have launched a search for her, but were unsuccessful, K24 reported.

Another doctor at the hospital, who was aware of the operation, tipped off the police after being told of the consequences to be faced by the clinic in the event the matter was found out.

Police told News24 that the girl was five-months pregnant.

"The two doctors are Paul Mugahi and Betty Halivura," police Constable Eric Ngare told News24 by phone.

"They were working on orders from a 35-year-old man responsible for the pregnancy," he added.

The two were in custody at the Kakamega Police station.

Abortion remained illegal in Kenya, with offenders serving up to 20 years in jail if found culpable.

Cases of abortion in Kenya were not uncommon, with the Daily Nation reporting that up to 1 200 women died annually in the east African country from unsafe abortions.

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