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DCC rescues female student from forced marriage, orders father’s arrest

Kajiado West DCC Morekwa Morang'a.
Kajiado West DCC Morekwa Morang'a.
“She was living like a kidnapped person and was being monitored round the clock to ensure she could not escape,” said the DCC.

A Form 3 student recently forced into marriage was dramatically rescued from her suitor of three wives in a Mosiro village, Kajiado, on Tuesday night.

Her suitor, who is on the run, took her to Ewuaso Kidong ward in Kajiado West sub-county when her parents forced her into marriage, later transferred her to Ilturot Barrikon village in Mosiro to avoid the law.

Kajiado West deputy county commissioner, Morang’a Morekwa, said the student from a girls’ secondary school in his sub-county was rescued before midnight by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers from Barrikon village.

NGOs

“We have no police officers around the area and it was only important that we could use government officers around the area. They went there armed with guns as our agents from local non-governmental organisations made calls to the victim,” said Morekwa.

He said the student was found to be traumatised and that it was necessary that the people in the NGO, who have been trying to assist her, could assure her that she was in good hands.

On Sunday night, the student from the home she is married to attempted to call one of the human rights activists in Kiserian but was spotted and the phone taken away.

Mary Tatu leaves the home of Leah Kesire after her father pleaded that he would take her to school. She was married off that same day at night.
Mary Tatu leaves the home of Leah Kesire after her father pleaded that he would take her to school. She was married off that same day at night.

“She was living like a kidnapped person and was being monitored round the clock to ensure she could not escape,” said the DCC.

The rescue team was led by senior chief Simon Kesheko, who after tracking the phone the student used on Sunday night to call for help, took the KWS rangers to the home.

Another home

Assistant commissioner, Janet Chirchir, who was also coordinating the ambush organised the rescued student to be taken to another home in Ntulele as she awaits evacuation on Wednesday morning.

Ngong OCS, Philip Olekidi, on Tuesday night dispatched four armed police officers with a vehicle to Ntulele in Narok to pick the student.

“The student is already here and we are going to hand her over to Kajiado West DCC for further action. I have played my part to rescue the student” said the OCS.

Mong’are, who talked as he drove to his office, said the student will be taken to the hospital for a medical check-up before she is handed over to her school.

“I am going to have a meeting with the principal of her school this morning in a bid to make arrangements for the student to resume classes,” said the DCC.

Arrest order

He further said he has ordered the re-arrest of the father of the student. The suitor has also been ordered arrested.

“The two families must feel the pain of their actions. I want this to be a good example to others who are still marrying off their children after forcing them out of school,” said the DCC.

Kajiado Women representative, Janet Teyiaa, said she will pay for the student’s fees until she completes her education.

 

 

 

 

  

 

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