Seven arrested over shocking Kenya gang rape video

Seven arrested over shocking Kenya gang rape video
The gang rape shocked Kenyans

NAIROBI | Police in Kenya have arrested seven suspects in connection with a gang rape of a woman in western Bomet county last December.

According to the Star Kenya, Thursday's arrest follows the circulation of a video on social media, which showed a woman being gang raped by men in a house.

The Star reported that the woman is heard screaming even as the gang pestered her to cooperate.

The clip trending as "sigor boys" on X (Twitter), shows several men in a dimly lit room taking turns to sexually assault a woman.

The video went viral on Wednesday in social media.

Bomet Police Commander Robinson Ndiwa said two of the suspects have been positively identified in the video to have committed the shocking act.

“We have arrested the seven suspects but the incident occurred last December,” The Star quoted Ndiwa as saying. "We are now looking for the woman because she did not report the matter to the police so that she can assist us with the investigations."

Following the circulation of video purported to have taken place at Chebanyiny village of Kimaya sub-location, the police officers together with the area chief and nyumba kumi elders conducted the operation at the said area and managed to arrest them.

Two of them were positively identified. The process of getting more suspects is ongoing, the police said.

Police further said that they would produce the suspects in court and apply to hold them for longer as the probe goes on.

“The suspects have been placed in police custody for interrogation and miscellaneous application to enhance further investigation,” he said.

Myoot Council of Elders chairman Richard Ngeno condemned the act saying that the offenders should face the wrath of the law.

“It is unacceptable for the young people to engage in such incidents. We are advising the youths to avoid engaging in activities that are against the law,” he said.

He warned the youths to be wary of content they watch in social media saying that if unchecked it can lead the youth to engage in drugs and sex abuse.

The incident which happened in December 2023 has been condemned online with many calling for stringent measures to address such incidents.

More detectives were sent to the area to pursue the matter.

Gang rape attracts a life sentence in Kenya.

The law says any person who commits the offence of rape or defilement in association with another or others, or any person who, with common intention is in the company of another or others who commit the offence of rape or defilement is guilty of an offence termed gang rape.

They are therefore said to be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than 15 years but which may be enhanced to imprisonment for life.

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