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Kenya: Mob strips another woman despite protest

Published:Wednesday | November 19, 2014 | 12:00 AMNAIROBI (AP):
A Kenyan woman protests with others for the right to wear whichever clothes they want, at a demonstration in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenyan women protest for the right to wear whichever clothes they want.

A mob of Kenyan men attacked and stripped a woman, claiming she was inappropriately dressed, just hours after nearly 1,000 people marched through downtown Nairobi to protest the rising wave of such assaults.

Police responded by arresting nearly 100 people, a police official said yesterday.

Nairobi police criminal investigations chief Nicholas Kamwende disclosed yesterday that about 80 of the men arrested were conductors on minibuses, known as matatus, where a lot of the recent sexual harassment has taken place. The woman attacked on Monday evening was taken to a hospital with injuries.


Kamwende called the attacks a "menace" and said police would increase their vigilance to stem the tide of mob harassment.

The mobs of men have attacked women wearing mini-skirts and any outfit they consider too revealing, including tight-fitting or sleeveless clothes.

The hashtag #MyDressMyChoice is trending in Kenya's social media as this East African country sees a clash between new, Western lifestyles and traditional African ways. The marchers on Monday demanded the right for women to dress how they want without being harassed or attacked.

Deputy President William Ruto has weighed in on the issue by saying Kenya is not a primitive society and that the attacking men must be arrested.

Conservative groups have countered that women must dress appropriately.