Police in Kakamega County are currently investigating an incident where a man said to defiled his daughter, who was admitted in hospital for medications.
The eyewitnesses told the police that on particular night of incident, the accused was left alone to take care of the victim in hospital but unfortunately turns against her during the midnight.
“She (the witness) reported that she witnessed one Patrick Muvinga aged 40 years whose daughter was also admitted at the said hospital pediatric ward suffering from severe malaria and under his care had defiled her,” the police report reads in part.
Police said that the suspect noticed the presence of police officers inside the ward, but escaped before they could arrest him. Doctors later conducted a test on the minor to ascertain whether she had been raped, and the results turned out positive.
The area residents, however, have condemned the act, calling for chiefs and local administrative officers to be responsible by ensuring that the suspect is brought to justice in accordance with the law.
“It was her testimony that the accused would come to where she was sleeping after her mother had left at 10 pm and start touching her all over her body before defiling her and later threaten to kill her if she reports to her mother,” one of the neighbors said.
Human Rights Watch based in Navakholo subcounty also affirmed the incident, saying the victim's incident was a sobering reminder of the widespread sexual violence within the county.
“The outrage now should lead to law reform that criminalizes all forms of sexual assault, strengthens mechanisms for implementation and accountability so that the victims are not blamed and humiliated.” They said.
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