On rape and defilement, the law falls short

What you need to know:

  • Her face was severe, she was in pain, and she sees no way out unless we change the law. A law, she repeated, “that was drafted by people who are not parents.”
  • Bad laws usually lead to bad decisions, which in turn end up blurring the social conscience.
  • Justice Chitembwe set Charo at liberty, indicating that the 14-year-old girl was the one “who behaved like an adult".

“Whoever drafted the Sexual Offences Act of Kenya was not a parent”. These were the painful words I heard from a Magistrate in the Coast region.

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