Defilement of minors and double standards of the law

The legal verdict
Double standards of the law
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I have been avoiding this post for some time now but a comment from Marcus on a similar piece I did in 2016 compelled me to put in my two cents on the matter. A court in Malindi acquitted a 24-year-old man who had had carnal relations with a 13-year-old girl. Fast forward to May 2018, Judith Wandera, 24, sentenced to 15 years in prison for ‘sexually molesting’ a 16-year-old boy. Double standards or what?

Quoting Marcus partly.

the girl had sexual intercourse with this man because she enjoyed it not because of any other reason. She had sufficient carnal knowledge without commercial gain.

This thought-provoking post on Facebook just gives you a picture of the arguments that people had about feminists’ views on the matter even before they were aired.

Well, since we are talking about minors, sexual consent and the law, don’t you think it sometimes has double standards? This is not in support of any of the above defendants. I am talking from a layman’s point of view.

Marcus Garvey, and anyone else interested in this discussion, I welcome you to do a guest post to enlighten our readers on interpretation of the law in both cases. If you feel up to this task, just send your piece to

If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass — a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience.” – Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist.

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