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After police inserted a broken bottle into my private parts, my son became mentally-ill

Very tragic

Speaking during  the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture , Wangari recounted the traumatic ordeal that happened at the confines of her home.

She was brutally tortured by flying squad officers for over 336 hours before she was bundled into the van and transported to Karatina police station.

"Flying Squad Officers came to my house looking for another lady whom we shared names. Despite explaining to them I was not the lady they were insisting I was, the ruthless officers proceeded to arrest me," she said.


Stripped naked

At the police cell she was ordered to strip naked, cold water was poured on her and an officer inserted a bottle into her private parts.

She was oblivious of what the police wanted from her. They  were hunting down woman who owned a fake currency printing machine.

The answers she was giving her tormentors were wrong, hence, her stay at the cells continued until they realized it was a case of mistaken identity.

“I was forced to strip naked, they poured cold water on me and then they tied my hands and legs. They then started whipping me all over. They were more infuriated because I did not say what they wanted to hear," she was quoted by a report by Capital FM.


Mental illness

On Tuesday, Wangari attended the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture where the scenes that happened 18-years ago became fresh again.

Apart from the bleeding problem that she is now living with, Wangari also now goes through the agony of watching her son suffer from mental illness.

"My son became mentally challenged after my incident. He could not hold anymore imagining the pain his mother underwent," she said.

She sued the State and in 2013 the court awarded her Sh9 million, However, she has only received Sh5.4 million.


The mother of one is still not healed and wonders whether she will be able to give birth to another child.

The Kenya police has been on the spot over brutality cases. Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) reported that  35 people were killed by the police while quelling protests after the August 8 General Election results were out.


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