In a gruesome bizarre incident, teacher chops off pupil’s genitals
When the protector or role model who one looks up to turns to be the tormentor then this raises a sad state of affairs.
One of the people greatly looked upon to provide guidance and protection are teachers. Teachers are said to be second parents to pupils as they spend a lot of time with them and shape their character.
However, in Soko Mjinga area of Kisauni residents are in shock after a seven year old boy disclosed that his teacher had allegedly chopped off his private parts.
What started as a normal school day for Juma Mohammed (not his real name), turned out to be a nightmare for the young boy after his teacher allegedly called him out of the classroom during a lesson to an empty adjacent office where before Mohammed could do anything, his scrotum was chopped off leaving the testicles hanging precariously without cover.
Perhaps in great pain and shock, Mohammed did not scream and remained glued staring at the teacher, feelings of betrayal breeding in his little heart. He began writhing in pain only after blood began to stream along his legs.
The teacher whose motives remain unknown is still on the run and police have launched investigations.
When Mohammed got home, he refused to divulge any information to his step mother after his friends covered him using old linen.
It took the intervention of his brother later that evening who informed their mother that Mohamed was bleeding and had not eaten lunch.
The second born in a family of two who was still in shock at the time of the interview despite having been taken to hospital, by his step mother Sofia Emma said that he would like to be a doctor when he grows up.
Mohamed’s story is just one of the hundred cases of violence against children in learning institutions, believed to be the safest place for them but which turns out to be as wild and cruel as the outside world leaving many children traumatized with no one to turn to.
As the 25th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is marked, attention also needs to shift to include boys and men who are increasingly become victims of violence.
The advocacy on gender violence was started when it was realised that women continue to be disproportionately affected by sexual and gender based violence.
Violence against children is a measure of physical, emotional and sexual violence. Data by the Centre for Diseases Control indicates that 73 percent of men in Kenya experienced violence before they were 18 years. Out of these, 32 percent experienced emotional violence.
Children who experience violence are a greater risk for common and destructive yet preventable consequences.
Dr Fred Awiti, a consultant psychiatrist in Mombasa explains that violence such as mutilation and sexual violence expose children to extreme emotional pain which he says lead to eating disorders, drug abuse, depression and suicidal attempts.
According to Awiti: “Children who undergo such violence at the hands of those they love and trust always feel dejected and unworthy in the society leading to withdrawal and adoption of violent behaviours.
Awiti says this is a defence mechanism to help them escape from reality.
“Parents should always be on the lookout for their children since the latter tend to hide information especially if mutilated by their relatives and in most cases always blame the guilt on themselves,” Awiti explains.
According to the doctor, parents should probe their children when they suddenly develop unexplained or strange characters which he notes could also mean that a child has been abused.
In April 2001, the government amended the Education Act to prohibit school corporal punishment, a legislation which has not been very effective following reported cases of pupils suffering in silence at the hands of their teachers.
Unknown to most teachers or maybe ignorance on their side is that when a child is harmed or ‘disciplined’ to the extent they are left disfigured or with bruises, it is not only a violation of the Kenyan law but also violation of the international human rights law.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises that a child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society. It notes in Article 36 that: “The state shall protect the child against all forms of exploitation prejudicial to any aspect of the child’s welfare.”
In the case of Mohammed, the state failed to protect him from the teacher who may have heard some form of mental instability.
Rachael Dawai, a Mombasa based educationist explains that children are easy targets since they are innocent and easy to convince while at the same time teachers also take advantage of the trust accorded to them by both parents and pupils.
She observes: “Although the society is aware of the repercussions of mutilating a minor, few cases are reported because of fear or still parents opt to settle the cases out of court.”
Dawai who also runs one of the top performing private schools at the Coast attributes such cases to unprofessionalism and poor management skills.
“Some of these incidences have arisen because of permissiveness in the society where people assume that it is normal for a teacher to use his disciplinary powers excessively, but issues of chopping off private parts is really weird,” she says.
Strange happenings linked to the growing illuminati cult has also been blamed on this issue with some parents having reported the death of their children in schools with several body parts missing.
The Kisauni incident which still has residents talking and baying for the blood of the teacher has left many to wonder what has really become of the once respected moulders of children’s future, the teachers.