School girl striped by police who frisked and searched her awarded shs 4 million by court

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BY CORRESPONDENT,NYERI 18TH DEC 2017-A school girl who was striped and searched by police two years ago has been awarded  Sh4 million  by court for  damages  and mental torture she underwent .

Her case hit the headlines in August 2015   after the bus she was in accompanied by her fellow students was intercepted by police on Karatina- Nairobi Road .

Police were responding  to the  public who tipped them off  that the bus was playing loud music and the children appeared intoxicated.

The 45 students from different schools were traveling home, mostly in Nairobi, for August holidays.

They were drunk and had been having sex and smoking bhang in the bus, according to people who saw them at Kibirigwi trading centre in Nyeri.

Upon entering the vehicle, the police conducted a search and found bhang, which was hidden in the girl’s undergarments.

The girl, named withheld, was charged in court the following day, where she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months probation.

Human rights crusaders picked up the case after photos of the search were circulated in the social media.

While issuing the ruling  Justice John Mativo said the photographing and publication of her photos was harmful because it invaded to her privacy and dignity.

The court said it was wrong for two female officers to search the girl in front of other students and male officers.

Although Judge Mativo said it was difficult to quantify the amount to be paid to the girl, Sh4 million would be reasonable.

 

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