A 12-year-old lady has been rescued by authorities in Kenya after she was married off to 2 males within the span of 1 month.
The lady’s father, in Narok county west of the capital Nairobi, pressured her to marry a 51-year-old man.
She escaped after which bought married to a 35-year-old earlier than being rescued by a youngsters’s rights campaigner and authorities officers.
In Kenya, marrying somebody who’s beneath 18 years of age is a criminal offense.
A youngsters’s rights campaigner mentioned he was tipped off concerning the lady when he was within the means of rescuing one other lady.
“The father gave her off to the aged man to be married. She had no choice than to get married to the youthful man,” Joshua Kaputah from the Narok County Peace Association instructed the BBC.
Mr Kaputah added that poverty and the closure of faculties as a result of coronavirus pandemic have performed a job in growing circumstances of kid marriages.
“Some households are hungry and the prospect of receiving two or three cows as dowry is kind of tempting,” he mentioned.
Kenya’s Standard newspaper reports that after the primary groom provided 4 cows as a dowry, the lady protested towards getting married however was then overwhelmed up by her male cousins.
“I escaped and since I couldn’t return to my father’s dwelling for worry of being reprimanded, I eloped with a 35-year-old man, who was married,” she is quoted as saying within the Standard.
Mr Kaputah mentioned that the lady’s father had then discovered her and brought her again to the 51-year-old.
When Mr Kaputah arrived with authorities officers, the person had already disappeared.
Police are looking for the daddy and the 2 males who had married the lady, who’ve all gone into hiding, native media report.
If convicted, they may very well be despatched to jail for as much as 5 years and/or be fined of as much as 1 million Kenyan shillings (£8,000; $10,000).