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How FIDA will assist Ivy Wangechi’s family

By Vincent Kejitan | April 16th 2019 at 15:56:14 GMT +0300

The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya) on Monday strongly condemned the recent cases of violence against women and offered assistance to those affected.

Through a statement, FIDA stated that it would reach out to the affected families to provide legal aid and watch brief in the matters to ensure justice is served.

“The news of Ivy and Caroline Jepchirchir and the attack on Peninah and Naomi further puts into question the national structures in place to protect women and girls from harassment, abuse and violence.

“The gender desks at police stations and local administration offices were set up to cater to women and girls whose well-being is threatened,” read the statement in part.

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FIDA also lamented how some members of the public discuss such incidences with insensitivity on social media laying blame on victims.

“This reflects the disregard such Kenyans have for the female fraternity…Women are human and their loss of lives should matter. No woman deserves to die,” said FIDA.

Ivy was hacked to death by Naftali Kinuthia outside the Moi Teaching and Referral hospital last week and it later emerged that the accused felt betrayed after suspecting the deceased was not reciprocating the love and attention he was giving her.

Elsewhere Naomi Chepkemoi, a Public Health student at Pwani University, was allegedly stabbed by her lover Nicholas Koech at her house in Mkwajuni village in the outskirts of Kilifi town.

Koech is said to have travelled to Kilifi from Bomet.

Chepkemoi was stabbed in the neck, breast and back after the pair apparently argued over their child.

Doctors said she is now out of danger but will remain under observation for some time.

Koech is said to have arrived in Kilifi on Sunday morning after travelling from Bomet on Saturday, with a stopover in Nairobi.

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