, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 27 – Five men were arraigned at the Makadara Law Courts on Thursday on charges of participating in the stripping and assault of a woman in Kayole last week.
The men who included one whose hearing is impaired however failed to take pleas due to the absence of a sign language interpreter but are expected to do so on Friday.
Police say they are in possession of evidence implicating the five in the attack that forced the assaulted female to seek medical care at the Mama Lucy Hospital.
On Monday an Administration Police Officer was charged alongside a matatu tout for the attempted undressing and assault of a school girl inside a matatu, again in Kayole.
Female legislators had demanded that the Inspector General of Police arrest those who participated in the stripping of women in recent weeks or resign.
And in addition to the arraignment of these suspects, Nairobi CID chief Nicholas Kamwende announced on Thursday, that the police had formed an anti-stripping police squad.
On Wednesday President Uhuru Kenyatta however came to the defence of police concerning these incidents of public humiliation, stating that it was the responsibility of every Kenyan to be their sister’s keeper.
“The girls who have been undressed have not been undressed somewhere quiet. There has been umati (a crowd) watching but doing nothing. Doing absolutely nothing. In fact, we have been watching all this on social media rather than doing something. We are busy taking pictures to post on social media. What did you do to help that person? What is your responsibility as a citizen?” he posed.
In the recent weeks, women have been stripped in Nairobi and Mombasa on the accusation that they were indecently dressed; sparking protests on Nairobi streets as well as condemnation on the floor of Parliament and from high ranking government officials including Deputy President William Ruto who termed the act as, “primitive.”
The senate has also demanded that those who film and distribute images of these, “primitive,” acts online be held accountable.