Four women who allegedly forced their daughters to undergo female genital mutilation appeared in court yesterday. The women, members of the Akorino church, were charged with subjecting the girls aged between nine and 12 to the cut in Gikiiro village in Mbeere South district on Saturday.
Margaret Wanjiru Kimani, Virginia Njoki Mucungu, Beatrice Mbuya and Joyce Wairimu Njeru appeared before Siakago principal magistrate Gerald Mutiso and denied the charges.
Mutiso said the women neglected their parental responsibilities. Yesterday Akorino members jammed the courtroom to follow proceedings. The prosecution told the court that the offence may negatively affect the girls’ development and health. The women were released on a Sh50,000 bond each.
The case will be heard on January 29. Mbeere South police boss Berstein Shari said the women were arrested on Saturday after a tip off from members of the public. He said they were arrested at Gitiburi village. Shari said a retired nurse who circumcised the girls escaped the arrest.
Shari asked members of the public to cooperate with the police in the fight against FGM. He said cases of child rights violation should be reported to the police for legal action. Shari was speaking to the Star in his office yesterday.