A Kenyan woman has been subjected to a genital examination conducted by two female police officers who stripped her because she grew a beard.
31-year-old Teresiah Mumbi, a minibus conductor, has threatened to take legal action against the officers over the incident which occurred after her arrest for a traffic offence in Kariobangi on May 15 after allegedly refusing to offer a bribe.
“Those two female officers came and demanded that I undress and put my legs apart. After they were satisfied they let me back to the cell,” Mumbi was quoted by local media Tuko.
Teresiah suffers from an excessive hair growth condition known as hypertrichosis. She said she did not like shaving because it made her face itchy.
But, Teresiah told the media that she shaved her beard after the incident to remain feminine despite it growing back after a few days. She also quit her job for fear of facing a similar incident.
Mwanamke mmoja katika mtaa wa Kayole jijini Nairobi ametishia kuwashtaki maafisa wawili wa polisi katika kituo cha Huruma kwa madai kwamba walimdhalilisha kutoakana na maumbile yake ya kuwa na ndevu. #KTNLeo @marykilobi @KTNNews pic.twitter.com/9RM0W4J508
— KTN News (@KTNNews) May 24, 2018