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Kilifi county to issue P3 forms free of charge

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By Joseph Masha | August 28th 2013

By Joseph Masha

Kilifi, Kenya: The Kilifi county government will abolish the Sh500 fees charged for P3 forms required by victims of gender-based violence.

Deputy Governor Kennedy Kamto said due to poverty, most gender-based violence cases, including defilement and rape, are never reported to the police or taken to court as the victims or their families are unable to raise the required fee.

“For any victim of gender-based violence like defilement, rape and other forms of harassment to get a P3 form and have the case taken to court, they need to raise Sh500 and if not, their cases are thrown out,” said Kamto.

Sexual assault

Data from a gender-based violence desk at Kilifi District Hospital showed that a two-year-old girl is among 100 girls and women reported to have been sexually assaulted in the past two months in Kilfi County.

The governor made the remarks outside his offices yesterday when he launched a campaign to sensitise the community on gender-based violence.

“We need to trace and uncover all the gender-based violence cases happening in our county,” he said.

“It’s sad to note that close family members are involved in the sexual harassment of their young girls and women,” said Kamto.

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