Seven women have been arrested in an attempted Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) operation.
This process which was to take place at Chepkogin village in Keiyo was interrupted by the police after a tip-off from the public.
Five young ladies aged between 21 to 23 years had been scheduled to undergo the cut. At the scene, two elderly women aged 70 to 72 years were also arrested.
The two elderly women were the ones to undertake the process.
Confirming the arrests, Elgeyo Marakwet County Police Commander, John Mwinzi said that this process is outlawed and anybody found doing it will be arrested.
More so, he noted that the seven women will be taken to court on Wednesday.
“After interrogating them, they opened up and blamed their spouses for coercing them into undergoing the cut. Some are about to get married and had been told they will not get husbands before undergoing the cut,” stated Mr Mwinzi as quoted by Standard Media.
The police boss noted that security officers have been alerted concerning planned FGM operations in the area.
“Let the general public be warned that FGM is an illegal practice and anybody found to be perpetuating the outlawed cultural practice will face the law,” he cautioned.
FGM is outlawed in the country and anybody found undergoing it will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.