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Police Rescue Eselenkei Minor From Forced Marriage

Child rights activist has supported Narok County Commissioner George Natembea’s call for girls to be ‘checked’ to determine their state when schools open.

Dorcus Parit, who runs Hope Beyond rescue centre for abused girls in Kimana town in Kajiado South Sub County, said on Sunday she supports Natembea’s sentiments because once done it will reveal results which may attract action by the state.

“Such checks when schools are opening could provide results that can assist the state take action against wayward parents and those who assisted the girls to undergo FGM,” said Parit.

Parit was speaking to the Star after rescuing a 14 year-old minor who was married off by her parents on Friday in Eselenkei location of Kajiado South Sub County.

The minor was a Class 4 pupil at Iloirero Primary school in the same location and was married off to a 45 year-old man, Lemuja ole Nkoro who already is married to two wives, on Friday night.

She is daughter of Koipitat ole Kidir and Leah Koipitat of Oltepesi village, some 80 km from Kimana tow in the sub county.

On receiving the information of the minor’s forced marriage, Parit indulged the police in the mission to rescue her on Saturday.

When the police from Kimana and the activists arrived at the home where the minor was married to on Saturday, all the suspects escaped.

The officers are now pursuing the suspects after the delivering the minor at Hope Beyond rescue centre to continue with her education.

The minor told the Star her hope is to become a teacher after completing her studies. She said she was not involved in her purported marriage by her parents.

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