Kenyan MP calls for arrest of pregnant school going girls alongside boyfriends

Written by  MSN Africa

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa calls for arrest of pregnant school going girls alongside boyfriends.

MP Aisha Jumwa calls for arrest of pregnant school going girls alongside boyfriends MP Aisha Jumwa calls for arrest of pregnant school going girls alongside boyfriends
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June

Jumwa has called for fair application of the law in handling a case where a boy is accused of impregnating a girl.

 

The lawmaker said it was unfair for authorities to only arrest boys while excusing their partners who often give consent to the engagement.

 

Jumwa who was speaking in Kilifi, Kenya,  on Thursday, June 28, said both boys and girls found to have had an intercourse that resulted to early pregnancy should be arrested and charged accordingly.

 

"It is unfortunate that in case of early pregnancy, only boys are arrested and taken in custody while the girls who give consent to such engagement are left behind. The aw should be applied equally and fairly and I want to announce here in Kilifi county, that in case of such pregnancies, both boys and girls shall be arrested," she said.

 

Teenage pregnancies in Kilifi county have been on the raise in recent times with media reports listing the devolved unit as the most affected.

 

Kilifi recorded 13,624 teenage pregnancies with many cases involving candidates preparing to sit for their national primary and secondary school examinations.

 

According to the report released by children's affairs department, Kilifi North Sub County recorded 3,134 cases followed by Magarini with 2,861 cases while Kaloleni sub county recorded 2,180 cases.

 

This alarming trend was attributed to extreme poverty cases in the region which force young girls to fall in love with men in order to get money to cater for their necessities.

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