A probe has been launched into an incident where a woman is claimed to have been assaulted by a police officer while in custody at the Huruma Police Post on the outskirts of Eldoret town.
The woman who identified herself as Esther Maina claims the officer, a deputy OCS at the station, also poured urine on her.
Maina in an interview with Uasin Gishu News says she was arrested on Friday, May 20, 2022, while drunk, and locked up at the police post before encountering the ordeal.
“By the time I was arrested I was drunk, but when I sobered up, I asked why I had been arrested and the police officer said I was disturbing them. The officer then beat me up, punching me and stepping on my head before pouring urine on my whole body. I was only rescued by an officer later after she found me lying naked,” the woman narrated.
Following the incident, she says the police officer allowed her to be taken to a nearby health facility where she was treated and later returned to the police cell.
Her mother would later bail her out after paying a Ksh5,000 police bond.
The woman is now demanding that the said police officer faces the full force of the law.
Human Rights defenders have condemned the incident and called on relevant police authorities to act with speed and ensure the woman gets justice.
Joseph Sawe, one of the activists says it is against the law for a police officer to assault a suspect.
“It is uncalled for. If she had done anything wrong, she was to be arraigned in court, not subject to such things. We urge the inspector general of police and other relevant bodies to ensure the culprit faces the law for justice of the woman,” Sawe said.
“A suspect has a right to be protected until she is taken to court and found guilty,” he added.
Uasin Gishu County Police Commander Ayub Ali, responding to the incident said investigations have already started.
He assured the victim that she will get justice.
“We will follow it up with the complaint and it will be addressed,” Ali said.