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#JusticeforLiz One Million Demand Proper Punishment for Gang Rapists

More than one million people have
signed a petition demanding justice 
after three men were told to cut grass
as punishment for allegedly 
gang-raping a 16-year-old girl in 
In a case which has since sparked outrage worldwide, a 16-year-old girl was 
walking home from her grandfather's funeral in a village in Butula, western 
Kenya, when she was allegedly attacked by six men in June.
After the alleged rape, the six men threw the teenager's body down a 12ft 
(3.6m) sewage pit, where she sustained further injuries. The girl, known as Liz,
was eventually pulled out by fellow villagers after hearing her cries.
Liz was able to identify three of her alleged attackers, who were promptly 
hauled off to the police station by angry locals. After police promised to punish the
men, they handed them special machetes known as "slashers" and told them to 
cut the grass outside the police station. When they were finished cutting the 
grass, the three men were released.
The case soon caused outcry, with Kenyans expressing their anger and dismay 
via twitter using the hashtags #JusticeforLiz and #StandwithLiz. After hearing
Liz's story, Nebila Abdulmelik, a women's rights activist in Nairobi, launched an
be brought to justice and the officers involved in the case disciplined.
The petition calls on Kenya's Inspector General of Police to "deliver justice
for Liz including the immediate arrest and prosecution of her rapists and full
disciplinary action for the police officers who dismally failed to handle her case."
It adds: "By holding these police officers to account you will send a strong
message to police everywhere that rape is not a misdemeanour, it is a serious 
crime, and if police do not uphold the law they will be held to account.
"We call on you to ensure Liz's case is a turning point to end the war on girls."
'World's worst punishment for rape'
After the petition was featured in Kenya's Daily Nation, the newspaper which
originally broke the story, more than one million people worldwide signed
the petition, which expresses the hope that "Liz's nightmare marks a 
turning-point in Kenya's rape epidemic". 
"Letting rapists walk free after making them cut grass has to be the world's 
worst punishment for rape. It is an absolute failure of the entire system and an
absolutely shameful response by Kenya's police," added Abdulmelik.
According to a report released last year by the United Nations with the Kenyan 
government, at least 32% of females under the age of 18 in Kenya experience 
some form of sexual assault. A report from Kenya's national commission on 
human rights in 2006 adds that a girl or woman is raped every 30 minutes in 
the African country.
The 16-year-old is currently in currently in a wheelchair after receiving a spinal 
injury and developing obstetric fistula as a result of the rape and attack.
Since the public outcry surrounding the case, Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo 
tweeted to say that suspects have been arrested and are awaiting their hearing. 
However, he did not specify how many were arrested and the tweet
has since been deleted, according to CNN.
Kenya's Coalition on Violence Against Women said: "This is yet another example
of blatant impunity and repeated noncompliance by the police and other
government authorities. Rape and other gender crimes have consistently been
treated as lesser crimes - this is unacceptable." 

Kenya: One Million Demand Proper Punishment for Gang

Rapists Sentenced to Cut Grass October 28, 2013

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