Police in Kiambu arrested a 40-year-old woman Tuesday for allegedly defiling a 17-year-old blind boy in Thika’s Kiandutu slums.
The mother of four, who is the boy’s neighbor, is said to have sneaked into his house in the cover of darkness and committed the offense.
According to the boy who lives alone in a single room, the suspect stormed into his house at 1 am and started undressing him.
“It was around 1 am. She hurriedly started to undress me. She forced me to have sex with her and later threatened to harm me if I dared raise the alarm,” he said.
He said he had kept quiet for fear of being victimized until a few days ago when he started having lower abdominal pain and itching when he passed urine.
The boy claimed that when the pain become unbearable, he confided in one of his neighbours.
He claimed that the suspect had been trying to persuade him to start begging in the streets.
A group of people living with disabilities stormed and pitched camp at the Thika police station, claiming that some of their colleagues had suffered similar attacks in the past.
Community health workers based in the slums also accused area administrators of not taking reports of assault on disabled persons seriously.
“Whenever they complain against some injustices committed against them, they are mostly looked down upon. Nobody seems to believe and take them seriously,” said one community worker, Eunice Mwangi.
Thika OCPD Willy Simba called for calm, saying the suspect would be arraigned in court once investigations are complete.