Fury in Kenya as men walk free after brutal schoolgirl rape

AFP , Thursday 10 Oct 2013

Though now wheelchair-bound with a broken back, the attackers who brutally raped and left for dead a schoolgirl in Kenya were only ordered to cut grass as a punishment

Kenyans are demanding justice after three men accused of brutally gang raping a schoolgirl and dumping her body in a pit latrine were ordered to cut grass as a punishment.

The ferocious attack and lack of action towards those who carried it out has sparked outrage and deep anger.

The 16-year-old girl was reportedly attacked, beaten and then raped by six men as she returned from her grandfather's funeral in western Kenya in June, before the men dumped her, bleeding and unconscious, in a deep sewage ditch.

The victim knew some of the attackers, and three of them were taken by villagers to the local police station, The Nation newspaper said.

"The three ... were only ordered to cut grass around the police camp and set free shortly after," the girl's mother told the paper.

The girl is now wheelchair-bound with a broken back, caused either by the beating or by being hurled down into the pit.

She has also suffered a fistula — a tearing of the lining between the vagina and rectum — and so rendered incontinent, the paper said.

"My wish is to see justice done," the girl told The Nation. "I want my attackers arrested and punished."

The newspaper has launched a campaign to raise money for the girl's medical costs, estimated at more than $7,000 (5,200 Euros), a fortune for the family.

"Not only did she suffer a brutal crime that changed her life forever, she was also denied justice," said Ann Gitao-Kinyua, a senior manager from The Nation newspaper.

Lawmakers have condemned the attack and subsequent police failures, ordering action to be taken.

"This is despicable. Everyone involved should be taken to court — the rapists, and the police who recorded it as an assault and ordered these people to cut grass," said one comment on the newspaper's site.

"It is outrageous. What type of Kenya are we living in?" said another angry Kenyan in a message posted on social media.

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