Conjugal rights are created purposely for marriage, i.e., right of the husband or the wife to enjoy companionship in marriage.
The law recognizes these rights— both in personal laws dealing with marriage, divorce etc., and in criminal law requiring payment of maintenance and alimony to a spouse.
However, there are many cases of domestic violence as a result of husbands or wives being denied conjugal rights in some counties in Kenya.
Currently, the long-suffering women in Kiambu County, have set to street in a peacefully protesting unavailability of husbands to make them pregnant, citing rampant alcoholism in the area.
According to some women in Kiambu County, their husbands have neglected them, opting for daily drugs and alcohol abuse.
“If you walk in this village, you will find so many young married women, but only a few are pregnant. Those who are not are suffering in silence because their men cannot perform because of drugs and alcohol abuse,” the women said.
Further, reports indicate those who claimed to be a single mother from Thigio area of Kiambu County, are separated with their husbands, due to lack of conjugal rights in their marriages.
Netizens in social media platforms raised their concerns over the allegations.
Some are seen blaming the women from this county for being too harsh to their husbands, claiming that the women need to payment first, for them to offer the conjugal rights to husbands. “Tunalipa ndo tupewe” Kipkoech said.
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