Child Defilement

Children have become endangered species as defilement becomes prevalent in our country. These cases do not see the light of day because 90% of children are defiled by people known to them; relatives, fathers, uncles, brothers or cousins and even grandparents.

This was the case in Elgeyo Marakwet County where a three year old boy was defiled by his grandmother who is said to be HIV positive. The boy’s mother had gone to the market in Eldoret and had left her son in the care of his grandmother.

Child defilement is a violation of children rights which are inalienable, indivisible and inherent to all children. Those involved in child defilement fail to protect the rights of these children as articulated in the child act article 34 that states that children should be protected from sexual abuse.

If the grandmother transmitted HIV to her grandson, she will have infringed on the boy’s right to develop healthily. The boy however has to wait for three months to know his health status as the mother struggles to get justice and medication in a village where even talking about such an issue is forbidden.

Studies have shown that defiled children prefer to keep mum because when they report, a relative would be arrested and maybe he/she is the breadwinner of the family. Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC) believes that the Kenyan child who is protected by international and national legislation should not have to live in fear of speaking out about defilement and encourages the family members to report those involved.

AfCiC strongly condemn this appalling incident and ask for immediate action to ensure justice is done.

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