In Summary
  • The three women arrested for undergoing the cut say they regret it as it was painful and traumatising.
  • They say they would mobilise other women to reject the outlawed practice.

Three women accused of undergoing female genital mutilation in the last week told a Nakuru court on Tuesday that they had a horrible experience.

When they appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Liz Gicheha, they told the court that they regretted agreeing to be cut.

IN PAIN

They said it was a very painful process.

One woman told the court the experience was traumatising as it had left her with serious wounds, which she was still nursing.

“I did not know that the cut was such a bad experience. I only wanted to do it because I heard my colleagues talking about it passionately,” she said.

ADULTHOOD

The second woman, who spoke while uncomfortable and in pain, said she voluntarily agreed to undergo FGM because she knew it was the only way she could be initiated into womanhood.

“I thought it was right because I was told I would become a woman. But I just realised it is a very bad thing because I am in much pain now. I would not wish for anybody else to experience this,” she said.

The woman told the court that she would help mobilise other women in her village to reject FGM.

The third woman said she decided agreed to the cut so that other women would not discriminate against her.

“I decided to undergo the cut after my fellow women refused to listen to me claiming that I was still a kid since I was not circumcised. I however regret engaging in it because I am really suffering,” she said.

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