A 20-year-old woman is fighting for her life at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret town after she was attacked and seriously injured by her husband.
The woman, identified as Mercy Njeri is said to have suffered multiple injuries on the head after her husband, Joseph Kariuki, 25, a bodaboda operator, attacked her using a panga, before jumping into a 60-feet borehole.
“My daughter was cut three times on the head, and also has cuts on her behinds and her left ear. The man cut her using a panga, after which he jumped into a borehole where he died,” Stanly Kimani Kairu, father to the injured woman told Uasin Gishu News.
The cause of the incident has not yet been known, although it is suspected to be a result of marital differences between the two.
Even as the woman continues to receive treatment in hospital, the father is now calling on well-wishers to help him raise funds to foot the medical bill.
The woman had a young child who is now six months old.
“The girl is now in hospital, I know the cost will be too much for me, and then she has left a young child with me,” noted the father.
Cases of fights among couples leading to death have been on the rise in the recent past in the country, and Kairu has advised young people to always take their time before committing to marriage.
He also wants parents to take the initiative to speak to their children so as to help address the rising cases of killings among couples.
“Cases of young people fighting in marriage have been too much now. I urge parents to always find time to speak to their children once they approach marriage age because nowadays, it is like when they disagree the only thing they think of is killing the other. The government should also look at ways it can provide counseling services to the youths,”– Stanly Kimani Kairu, father to the injured woman.
The body of the deceased is now lying at the MTRH in Eldoret.