Leaders from Murang’a and officers from the children’s department have raised the alarm over a surge in cases of defilement of minors by close relatives including their fathers.

On Monday, there were three such cases at the Kigumo Law Courts where three minors were defiled by an uncle, a cousin and a father respectively, with the police and the children’s department decrying the reluctance by some families to give evidence against their relatives who have committed the heinous acts.

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According to sources at the children’s department, guardians and some parents have been a stumbling block in the successful prosecution of family members who defile their minors and in some instances even impregnated them.

According to an officer from the department who sought anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to journalists, about 10 cases have been reported in Kigumo Sub-County this year and suspects are undergoing trial at the Kigumo Law Courts.