Khadija Bakasa: Potential Miscarriage of Justice
Family of a mother who suffered grave bodily harm after her husband allegedly assaulted her is crying for justice after elders suggested out of court settlement. Mrs Khadija Bakasa, is a mother of 6 from Merti sub-county. Her husband of many years physically assaulted her before attacking her with a knife. She escaped home and nursing her wounds in Isiolo. According to eye witnesses, her husband ”rained blows on her before the knife attack” . Now elders are asking her family to resolve the matter out of court. The family have refused but are under pressure to accept the traditional out-of-court settlement to be mediated by the elders.
A member from Khadija’s family who spoke to NFD DISPATCH told us told us they want the issue resolved in court as they have no confidence that justice will be served by the elders.