More than One Million Protest Kenyan Leniency on Rape

France 24, October 28, 2013

More than one million people have signed a petition demanding justice after three of six men accused of brutally raping a Kenyan teenager before dumping her in a ditch were ordered only to cut grass in punishment before being set free.

The vicious attack on the 16-year-old, known only by the psudonym Liz, and the lack of action against those responsible has sparked outrage in the country.

Liz was reportedly attacked, beaten and then raped by six men as she returned from her grandfather’s funeral in western Kenya in June before the gang dumped her, bleeding and unconscious, in a deep sewage ditch.

She is now wheelchair-bound with a broken back, caused either by the beating or by being thrown into the ditch, and also suffered serious internal injuries from the rape.

On Monday the number of those who signed an online petition started by Nebila Abdulmelik, who works for a women’s rights group in Kenya, and publicised by the campaign group Avaaz, passed the one million mark and was continuing to grow.


“Letting rapists walk free after making them cut grass has to be the world’s worst punishment for rape,” Abdulmelik told AFP. “It’s an absolute failure of the entire system and an absolutely shameful response by Kenya’s police.”

The victim knew some of the attackers, and three of them were taken by villagers to the local police station, the girl’s mother earlier told Kenyan media.

“The three . . . were only ordered to cut grass around the police camp and set free shortly after,” the girl’s mother told a local paper.


Lawmakers have condemned the attack and the subsequent police failure, ordering further action to be taken.


Kenya’s police chief David Kimaiyo said in a statement at the weekend that “investigations are complete”, and that the force was awaiting instructions from the office of the director of public prosecution.

Rape is a major problem in Kenya, and is often not taken seriously by the police.

One government study in 2009 found that as many as a fifth of women and girls were victims of sexual violence, although other later studies have put the rate even higher.

Another UN-backed government study in 2010 focusing on children found a third of girls and a fifth of boys had suffered sexual violence.


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  • Spartacus

    So this is where Norway got it’s inspiration from…

    • Nice Guy


  • Whitetrashgang

    Well I guess it kind of explains why black people don’t mow their lawn .Although I find it hard to believe rape is a problem in Kenya, I seem to never see it in the news.In fact it seems even trayvon martin is not even the problem, I blame George Zimmerman for all the rapes in Kenya, There I said it

  • We say “rape,” black African men say “gettin’ our freak on.”

    Because…cultural anthropology. Who are we to be so bigoted as to judge another culture’s paradigm of separating deviancy from normal behavior?

    • sbuffalonative

      Rape. It’s a black thing.

      • Sick of it

        You forgot the ‘yo’.

      • M.

        Arabs, Indians, and Pakistanis are also well-known for rape epidemics.
        Anyone who has groid blood, in a nutshell.

  • Jesse James

    American feminist should be having screaming fits about the deluge of immigration from the Third World where women are treated routinely with savagery and brutality. Crickets chirp…so much for sisterhood.

    • Alfred the Great

      Agree. And we should be letting these people emigrate, why exactly? I guess rape adds to diversity.

    • Chris Granzow XI

      Instead, they’re more preoccupied with holding signs that say “Government, stay out of my uterus!”

    • Sick of it

      Must be their “altruism” showing again. Meanwhile, conservatives to this day believe in the death penalty for rape. Darn woman haters…

  • libertarian1234

    “Six men caught for gang raping a teenager were released after they mowed the police station lawn.”

    Yes, the punishment for rape is VERY severe there in that black run society.

    A person could also get up to 30 days for murder.

  • bigone4u

    I have very little good to say about black Africa, but the people got 1,000,000 signatures on their petition against rape. I wish we could get a proportional number of signatures on petitions about certain criminal cases of black male on white female rape and murder here in the US. I sometimes sign petitions that come in my email from change(dot)org, a liberal group. Why is there no conservative or white rights petition group existing?


      ” Why is there no conservative or white rights petition group existing?” Well I have seen Conservative petitions out there but as far as anything like a “Whites Rights” petition group, well that would be racist. For whites to acknowledge their race in anyway other than to condemn it as uniquely evil is seen, or more appropriately “portrayed”, as racist.

  • MekongDelta69

    Was NoBama there?

    • 1stworlder

      It was the rape of a girl not a boy

      • ShermanTMcCoy


  • IstvanIN

    Lawns are very British. The punishment is the humiliation of having to relieve the horrors of British Colonialism. Far worse than anything the girl suffered.

  • Jack Burton

    I’m sure the sociopathic spiritual negroes on the right that hate White women will celebrate this as “alpha” behavior.

  • M.

    I heard some chick say once that that’s what all the “anti-racists” in the world dream about.
    These words never left my mind.

  • jon

    It seems as if in Africa, rape takes on a much more brutal element. I mean, it seems like they do more than force sex, they always leave their victims with brutal physical injuries.