Be­ware of ‘ma­ture’ girl who is trapped in child’s body

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

The story, Rul­ing that caused huge out­cry (DN, May 9) serves as an eye-opener to par­ents.

To­day’s girls have ma­tured into adults in terms of be­hav­iour and sex­u­al­ity while they re­main trapped in chil­dren’s bod­ies in terms of ap­pear­ance, age and as­sumed in­no­cence.

Jus­tice Said Chitem­bwe ex­plained: “It is im­por­tant to dis­tin­guish be­tween the law and morals. The law says a child be­low the age of 18 years can­not con­sent to sex. It is, there­fore, im­moral to have sex with a child un­der 18 years.”

But the High Court judge went on to say some­thing quite dis­turb­ing, and which should be a wake-up call to par­ents, guardians, teach­ers and the com­mu­nity at large. He said: “The same child, pro­tected by law, opts to go to men’s houses for sex and then goes back home...”

I sup­pose this is where the child stops be­ing a child and be­comes an “adult”. This “adult” in a child’s body can scheme to get into a man’s house, be in­ti­mate with him, be­cause she en­joys it, and then go back to her par­ent’s home dis­cretely.

Par­ents and guardians should take proac­tive mea­sures to en­sure their child re­mains a child; oth­er­wise, men might con­tin­u­ally get pun­ished for de­file­ment when it’s not of their mak­ing, while the “girl-chil­dren” be­come “child moth­ers” — a dou­ble tragedy to par­ents, more so in poor house­holds.

MAR­GARET GATHATWA, Nyan­darua.

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