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Team sent to rescue 3 underage girls married off in Marsabit

Tuesday July 24 2018

A police reservist in Marsabit County in this

A police reservist in Marsabit County in this picture taken on on May 4, 2017. Loiyangalani Deputy County Commissioner Enock Nyarango said a team has been dispatched to rescue three minors who were abducted and married off in Marsabit County. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By IRENE MWENDWA
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Police in Marsabit are looking for three girls aged between nine and 14 whom they say were abducted and married off.

The girls were abducted in Kurkum and Kargi in Marsabit County.

Speaking to the Nation on Tuesday, Loiyangalani Deputy County Commissioner Enock Nyarango warned parents and chiefs of taking part in the abduction of girls.

"Most of the times, parents do not report these cases and chiefs are also accomplices since they do not follow up the cases seriously," Mr Nyarango said.

The administrator said there could be monetary transactions between the parents, local authorities and the abductors.

He pointed out that such cases have been on the increase.

"No one is allowed to marry underage girls. That is the main reason the girls are abducted, yet parents do not report. We will spare no one if they are found to have participated in such," said Mr Nyarango.

Early marriages have not ceased among pastoralist communities and are currently done in secret.