Six Pokot girls circumcised, two parents arrested

Three women were on Tuesday arrested in West Pokot for subjecting six girls into female genital mutilation. Two of the girls were taken to Kapenguria Teaching and Referral Hospital for treatment while four escaped with their parents. Area chief Israel Atukole said he got a tip-off from neighbours that the girls had been circumcised at Parek village.

Atukole said he mobilised police reservists who raided the village and arrested two parents, the circumcisor and rescued two girls. "Four girls who had been cut and their parents managed to escape. We have launched a search for them. Cases of FGM in my location have been rampant. We have increased patrols to ensure no more girls undergo the cut," he said.

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