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Kenyans march after no one jailed in rape case

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 10:31am  ET

Armed police guard the gate of the Inspector General's office as hundreds of women protest after a teenager was gang-raped in June and no one was jailed, at a demonstration in the capital Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. About 300 women marched through Kenya's capital on Thursday to protest the rape of a 16-year-old girl, after more than 1.3 million people signed an online petition calling for the prosecution of the alleged rapists and an investigation of the police who arrested the suspected perpetrators but freed them after only making them cut grass at a police station as punishment. (AP Photo)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Hundreds of women in Kenya are protesting after a teenager was gang-raped and the only punishment for the suspects was that they had to mow the police station lawn.

About 300 women marched through Kenya's capital on Thursday to protest the rape of a 16-year-old girl publicly identified as Liz.

The online activist group Avaaz says Liz was gang-raped in June and she is now wheelchair-bound. The group says police arrested the suspected perpetrators but only made them cut grass at the police station as punishment.

More than 1.3 million people have signed an Avaaz petition calling for the prosecution of the alleged rapists and an investigation of the police who freed the suspects.

One protester, Fanis Lisegali, noted that Liz now suffers from health problems including a fistula. Lisegali said he wants the government to ensure that justice is carried out.


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