15 years in jail for gang raping 16-year-old girl

Family members overjoyed. (AP)

A civil rights group says a court in the western Kenya town of Busia has sentenced three men to 15 years in jail for gang raping a 16-year-old girl and dumping her into a pit latrine.

The three are alleged to be part of a group of six men who gang-raped the girl and had been given the punishment of cutting grass by police before an international outcry led to the harsher punishment by the courts.

Kimberly Brown, a legal consultant for Equality Now, said Monday that three of the girl's attackers are still at large a year since the arrest warrants were issued.

Brown says the girl's case and countless others have revealed significant failures by local authorities to adequately address sexual violence.

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