Men accused of gang raping a 16-year-old girl and breaking her back were reportedly ordered to mow the lawn around a police building as punishment then set free, outraging Kenyans and the media in that country.
The girl was returning home after a funeral in a village in the west of the country when she was attacked and dumped in a pit latrine on June 26, the BBC reports.
She is now in a wheelchair because of the injuries she received in the attack.
Kenya's Daily Nation website, which broke the story this week, said villages marched the suspected rapists to the police station but relief at the quick arrest was short-lived.
“The three, for some strange reason, were only ordered to cut grass around the police camp and set free shortly after,” the victim's mother told the Daily Nation. “In the meantime, the police told me to take the girl home so that she could take a shower before taking her to hospital.”
The role of police involved in the incident is being questioned in Kenya's parliament. An assault charge was recorded against the men in the first instance but there was no record of rape.
Halima Mohamed, the police commander of Busia County where the attack took place, said the officers concerned told the girl's mother to clean the victim up, destroying any vital evidence.
Rights activists, MPs and the community have expressed their anger at the lenient punishment for the three accused rapists.
The Daily Nation, which is spearheading a campaign to get justice, says that in the months since the rape, the attackers and their families had harassed the victim.
The Nation Media Group, publisher of the Daily Nation, has offered to pay for the teenager's medical costs.