All of us must make so­ci­ety bet­ter and safer for our girls

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

I read in one of the lo­cal dailies on Oc­to­ber 12, a shock­ing but snappy fea­ture about a 13-year-old girl who was raped at she went shop­ping in Mukuru kwa Reuben slums. Such a prim­i­tive and trau­ma­tis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence sim­ply re­flects the true pic­ture of so­ci­ety we live in — a so­ci­ety whose mis­car­riages are a re­sult of our mak­ing. This is why our girls are ex­posed to sex­ual vi­o­lence. It is equally un­for­tu­nate to learn that even some of the bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents of these vic­tims turn out to be their own en­e­mies by frus­trat­ing jus­tice for their girls by tak­ing bribes or pur­port­ing to solve these is­sues out of court. As such, ev­ery one of us is tasked with a watch­dog re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect and watch over our chil­dren. We must also shun peo­ple who at­tempt to abuse chil­dren. It calls for all peo­ple to make the world a bet­ter and safe eplace for our girls. Both in slums or high-end es­tates.

KEVIN OWINO Maseno Univer­sity

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