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