, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 26 – The Law Society of Kenya has petitioned the Director of Public Prosecutions to be allowed to prosecute men stripping women in public after lack of action in recent cases.
LSK chairman Eric Mutua says the National Police Service should also immediately form a special unit to patrol areas where the crimes are likely to occur.
The LSK Chairman says he is concerned about the increased cases by men who have taken to defiling, assaulting and insulting women by stripping them naked.
“The ongoing brutality that is stripping our women in public for allegedly dressing in an indecent manner must be brought to an end,” Mutua said.
Video clips of women being stripped naked have gone viral on social media in recent weeks, raising concerns on morality in society.
“These kinds of actions are not only illegal but immoral by all standards and should never be tolerated or condoned in a civilized society,” Mutua said.
Two men, including an Administration Police officer were charged earlier this week for attempting to strip a school girl in a matatu in Kayole.
The LSK Chairman said that the professional body is petitioning the office of the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko for special permission to prosecute the criminals.
“LSK wants to be granted special leave by the DPP to prosecute any person arrested in connection with stripping, defiling or insulting women in public,” Mutua said.
He said that any member of the public has a civil duty to arrest any person who commits or is likely to commit an offence.
“Any man or woman who witnesses any person molesting, defiling or stripping a woman should arrest and deliver them to the nearest police station/post,” Mutua said.
Hundreds of protesters took to Nairobi streets recently to condemn the humiliating public stripping of three women.
The mobilization for the protest started through social media under the hashtag #MyDressMyChoice.
The protesters marched from Uhuru Park to a bus stage on Accra Road, where people alleged to be touts were earlier filmed ripping off a woman’s clothes for allegedly dressing indecently.