Domestic violence, an act of exercising power over another in an intimate relationship, is a trending topic in Kenya right now. First it was Congolese entertainment king Koffi Olomide. After being deported back to Congo from Kenya for physically assaulting a female friend who was allegedly one of his dancers, the musician is on the news again. Apparently, Koffi has been arrested back home on the same charges.
Back in Kenya the situation is alarmingly accelerating as another soldier from Nairobi’s Kahawa Barracks strangled to death his girlfriend for dumping him. The accused is said to have seen it through the lady’s campus education to her graduation, and was angered that she should leave him after all the effort.
What does the law have on such inhumanely undermining acts?
Abusive relationships go both ways; both men and women and women abuse each other in varying measures, however, about 95% of victims are women. Domestic violence laws provide protection based on set criminal rules that hinder one from causing physical or emotional harm to others with whom they are immediately related.
Such rules are only established after clear evidence of domestic abuse are presented in a court of law.
- The most common form of such protection is a restraining order, which bars the abuser from engaging in any form of interaction with the victim, up to a specific duration of time and space.
- The abuser can also undergo scrutiny and counseling. Such counseling may include anger management, substance abuse counseling or psychological counseling or therapy
- The other rule may include punishment through community service or rehabilitation should the court find the accused in dire need of such.
- Jailing is an ultimate option and is determined primarily by a judge should the prevailing evidence resonate with what the law of the land says.
Koffi Olomide has been arrested for 18 months without an option of bail or further hearing according to the verdict of the judge.
As for the Kenyan soldier, death to a fresh campus graduate and to any human being is highly forbidden by the law and for such, justice will be Kenya’s shield and defender!