In a campaign publicized by the newspaper Daily Nation, women's groups and others have demanded police investigate the rape and arrest the suspects, CNN reported Saturday.
"This is yet another example of blatant impunity and repeated noncompliance by the police and other government authorities. Rape and other gender crimes have consistently been treated as lesser crimes -- this is unacceptable," Kenya's Coalition on Violence Against Women said in a statement.
The 16-year-old girl, who is publicly known only as Liz, said six men set upon her in Busia as she walked home from her grandfather's funeral. She said she was raped and then dumped in a sewage pit, where neighbors finally heard her calling and freed her several hours later.
The Daily Nation said the neighbors rounded up three men the girl had identified as among her attackers and took them to police. But officers reportedly freed them after making them cut the grass.
David Kimaiyo, head of the national police, said in a tweet Saturday that investigators are pursuing the case, CNN reported. He said suspects have been detained pending a hearing.
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