|The victim holding medical documents after being attended to on Monday. [PHOTO: STANDARD]|
BY KEVIN TUNOI
UASIN GISHU: Police in Eldoret have launched a manhunt for six suspects and a medical practitioner who forcefully circumcised a man on Sunday at a private clinic in Peris area.
The Jua Kali artisan alleges that he was kidnapped and drugged by men known to him before he was forcefully cut.
The 21 year old victim further stated that more than six other men have undergone the involuntary procedure but have not reported to the police because they feel ashamed.
The victim noted that the exercise has been ongoing for quite a long time unabated in Kimumu area where a squad has been forcefully targeting uncircumcised males.
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The man narrated that he had just finished his welding job and was walking with a friend when he was forcefully bundled into a pick-up truck belonging to one of the perpetrators.
“I had just seen off my friend and was heading home when I was ambushed by the men who took me to the clinic for the cut,” he explained.
The victim said he attempted to fight off the attackers even biting some of the men but it was in vain as they overpowered him.
He stated that on reaching the medical facility he was held down and the medical practitioner administered an unknown injection.
“The men ordered me to undress and when I declined they held me down and the doctor injected me then I lost consciousness and when I came to I had been circumcised,” he said.
The victim expressed fears of having been infected because he does not know if the procedure was conducted using sterile equipment.
Uasin Gishu Jua Kali artisans’ chairman who took the victim to hospital before reporting the matter to the police stated that the perpetrators had infringed the rights of the victim.
“It is not enshrined in the constitution that it is illegal to be circumcised and furthermore there is voluntary male circumcision that the government rolled out,” he said.
The artisans’ chairman noted that the health of the victim could be at risk because he may have contracted some diseases.
Eldoret East OCPD Nelson Taliti confirmed the incident saying that they have issued the victim with a P3 form to be filled by a doctor and that they are hunting for the suspects.
“We will arrest the suspects and charge in them in a court of law with assault because they forcefully circumcised the man,” the police chief said.
He added that they are continuing with investigation and further charges could be preferred against the accused persons.