Kenya: 3 men sentenced to death for abusing woman


Three men in Kenya were sentenced to death on Wednesday for stripping naked and abusing a woman in during a series of attacks in 2014.

The three men were found guilty of robbery with violence, which carries the death penalty in Kenya. However, the death penalty hasn’t been carried out in Kenya since 1987; instead, all such sentences have been reduced to life imprisonment.


Men sentenced to death

The three men sentenced on Wednesday were involved in a series of attacks against women during 2014.  During the attacks, mobs targeted women they claimed were dressed inappropriately, according to Kenyan tradition.

Witnesses recorded many of the attacks on their phones, prompting protests and demands for legal action against the men arrested. Three of these men were charged with targeting one woman on a public bus, who they stripped naked and sexually abused.

The victim told the court the men were among seven on the bus who attempted to rape her until she told them she was HIV-positive.

For the sexual assault against the woman, the three men were also sentenced to 25 years in prison, which they will serve if their death sentences aren’t carried out.


Attacks against women

Attacks against women deemed to be dressed inappropriately can be common in some parts of East Africa. A 2010 national survey indicated that 32% of girls in Kenya experienced sexual assault before becoming adults.

Following the 2014 attacks, more than 200 women staged miniskirt protests in Nairobi, demanding protection from sexual violence and the right to wear what they choose.


Featured image: Kamu Malı,

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.