Face­book boast of child rape re­minds us of girls’ plight

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Re­cently, Kenyans on Face­book were shocked when Al­fayo Mbane from Sotik posted pic­tures of a stan­dard four girl, whom he bragged of hav­ing de­filed. This case marked a chill­ing re­minder of the plight of the girl in so­ci­ety. It is un­for­tu­nate that de­spite the con­certed ef­forts to safe­guard her from all forms of abuse and dis­crim­i­na­tion, a pae­dophile has the au­dac­ity to brag about his beastly act. In­deed, this was a damn­ing in­dict­ment of the coun­try’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing the girl’s progress by pro­tect­ing her from such acts. That peo­ple like Al­fayo are still roam­ing our so­ci­ety is a na­tional shame. How­ever, the Al­fayo case goes a long way in bring­ing to light the ex­tent to which girls are fac­ing a myr­iad of chal­lenges that to hin­der her pros­per­ity. Sex­ual abuse re­mains one of the ma­jor is­sues stand­ing in the way of the girl’s progress.

VI­VERE NANDIEMO Mig­ori county

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