County to open desk to deal with rampant gender based violence
Garissa county government will open a 24 hour desk in Garissa town to cater for victims of gender based violence.
Speaking to KNA in her office on Thursday, the County Executive for Youth, Zeinab Abdi said victims of this form of violence, majority of who are women don’t know which office to report such cases and were suffering in silence.
“A day hardly passes without a case related to domestic violence being reported to the Garissa police station. This is worrying trend and as a county we can’t just sit back,” said Abdi.
She said they will incorporate all relevant stakeholders, NGO’s and mothers in the villages in this fight against gender violence.
Zeinab said most of these cases happen in the villages and remotes parts of the county but don’t get reported since they are handled locally through the traditional conflict resolution commonly referred to as ‘Maslah’.
The county executive also cited widespread illiteracy among area residents especially women as a contributory factor to the menace.
Her comments come barely a day after a woman was assaulted physically by her estranged husband in Madogo area.
Speaking to the press in Garissa town, Muslima Ali who bore physical marks which included burns said trouble started when she requested for money to buy water from a nearby water kiosk.
“But instead of giving me the money or telling me whether he had it or not, he resorted to beating me,” said Ali, a mother of 6.
The victim said the husband has made it a habit of always beating her at the slightest provocation and boasting that nothing would ever happen to him.
“I am appealing to the relevant authorities to take action against him. I have heard enough of this man who is hell bent on killing me,” she lamented.
Ali reported the matter to Garissa police station. The victim has since been arrested, arraigned at the Garissa law court and released on a free bond.
According to Ibrahim Aden, an activist and a health worker in the area, the national and county governments should work closely with the relevant authorities to contain gender based violence.
By Jacob Songok