Kenyan woman assaulted after march against miniskirt attacks

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12:04 PM

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police have arrested dozens of men suspected of stripping naked a woman in public on the grounds she was indecently dressed, just after a protest against similar attacks, local media reported on Tuesday.

The attack took place on Monday evening after nearly 1,000 women and men had marched through Nairobi to demonstrate against a series of public assaults on women for wearing miniskirts or other clothing perceived to be immodest.

The woman was taken to hospital, treated for injuries and discharged, Nairobi Deputy Police Commander Moses Ombati told Reuters. He said several people had been arrested but he did not give figures.

Local newspaper websites put the number of those detained at up to 90 or 100.

The march, mostly by women, was a rare public display of support for women's rights in Kenya, where sex crimes are rarely prosecuted.

The incidents of women being stripped were condemned in Kenya's parliament.

"Who defines decent dressing?," said lawmaker Cecily Mbarire. "What are we exposing our women to? These women are your wives, your sisters, your aunties."

(Reporting by Humphrey Malalo, Editing by George Obulutsa and Angus MacSwan)