'Grass cutter' gang rape: Kenyans protest after rapists told to 'cut the lawn' outside police station as punishment for brutal attack
The rape of a 16-year-old girl sparked worldwide outrage when three men accused of the attack were released after cutting grass
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Tuesday 24 June 2014
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Kenya after a school girl was brutally gang raped and her attackers were ‘punished’ for the crime by being made to cut grass.
Protesters issued a fresh call to action as they marched near the border with Uganda on Monday, just before the trial of one of the men accused of the rape of girl, who has been given the pseudonym 'Liz', opened in Busia today.
The 16-year-old victim was allegedly attacked, beaten and raped by a gang of men as she walked back from her grandfather’s funeral in western Kenya in June 2013, the Huffington Post reports.
She was found bleeding and unconscious in a deep sewage ditch and was left with a broken back and serious internal injuries.
The incident sparked worldwide outrage when three of the suspects were identified by Liz and handed to police – and were allegedly told to cut grass on a lawn before being released.
Shortly after Kenya’s Daily Nation broke the story, a campaign was started calling for her attackers to be brought to justice.
The campaign has received almost 1.8 million signatures. It called on police chief David Kimaiyo to deliver justice for Liz and for the police officers who "dismally failed to handle her case" to be held to account.
Police say they are continuing to investigate the five other alleged attackers.
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