Public Service, Youth and Gender CS slams trivialization of rape on Jeff’s show

Youth and Gender Affairs cs Sicily Kariuki/file photo kariuki

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 19 – The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs has condemned what it has termed as the trivialisation of the crime of rape during Jeff Koinange’s Live show on Wednesday this week.

In a statement send to newsrooms, Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki called upon the Media Council of Kenya to step in and have the offensive interview pulled down, saying there was need to take quick and decisive measures to protect victims from the use of abusive and derogatory language.

According Kariuki, the manner in which one of the guests on the show – Miguna Miguna – an aspirant for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat was allowed to carry on with dehumanizing remarks against his fellow guest Esther Passaris was unacceptable.

She took issue with subsequent comments on social media that she says “sought to normalise this unacceptable and dehumanising act.”

“The abusive and derogatory language used on KTN’s Jeff Koinange Live and the release of behind-the-scenes footage from the show to the wider public, sought to extend the victim shaming – irrespective of our political leaning the crime of rape is unacceptable,” read part of the statement.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, the silent majority were equally guilty as the perpetrators of GBV.

“The comments online further highlighted how far as a society, we still have to go in changing our attitudes as a nation towards Gender Based Violence (GBV).The sorry scene was made equally worse by the collective failure of the several actors who stood by and watched from a distant,” Kariuki observed. “Why did the media house allow the continued assault?,” she wondered.

“Fundamentally, they need to understand that Gender Based Violence encompasses all acts of violence be it physical, psychological or verbal,” she added.

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