Police in Baringo County have arrested a man for allegedly stabbing his wife 14 times in the chest before unsuccessfully trying to commit suicide.
Caleb Kiptoo was living with Irene Suge at Sugeton village, Kabarnet town.
Police say Kiptoo stabbed Irene on the chest and hand at around 11:00 pm last night and then stabbed himself three times in the chest.
Baringo Police Commander Robinson Ndhiwa confirmed the case and the arrest of Caleb who didn’t die in spite of the heavy bleeding. Irene died on the spot and her body was transferred to Baringo referral Hospital.
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, cases of gender based violence (GBV) and domestic violence have escalated by 92 percent.
According to the Gender CS Margaret Kobia , the country recorded 5,009 cases between January to December 2020. The results were based on reports received through the national toll-free helpline 1195.
The study found several contributing factors: Alcohol, drug and substance abuse, poverty, family/domestic disputes, retrogressive cultural beliefs and practices, poor parenting/upbringing and moral decadence, identity crisis among the youthful population and inadequate support system.
The CS acknowledged that during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, negative coping mechanisms can result to GBV.