A Kenyan police officer has been charged to court for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who he was guarding in a cell.
The assault took place at Murang’a police station in central Kenya last weekend, where the girl was being held for allegedly stealing clothes. Reports say the police officer had promised to grant the teenager bail in exchange for sexual favours.
The officer has been detained for five days while investigations take place. If found guilty, the policeman faces a possible jail term of up to 25 year in prison.
The incident has ignited a public outcry on social media and among human rights organisations in the country. According to a women rights organisation, Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida), cases of sexual assault involving the police are on the increase in the country.