Lawmakers want tougher penalties for FGM culprits

Statistics show regions that practise FGM lead in maternal deaths. The Kenya Demographic Health Survey shows FGM prevalence in Northeastern stands at 97 per cent. The woman reps addressed the press in Garissa. They said despite FGM being outlawed and attracting stiff penalties, some communities are still defiant.

They were Rehema Hassan (Tana River), Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi), Catherine Wambilianga (Bungoma), Rosa Buyu (Kisumu), Irene Kasalu (Kitui) and Halima Mucheke (nominated). Kenya outlawed FGM in 2011, but it is still being practised secretly. The law forbids derogatory remarks against women who have not been cut. Offenders risk jail, fines or both.

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