Nandi: Teacher arrested after being busted defiling pupil in maize plantation

A junior secondary school teacher spent the weekend in jail after being caught defiling a grade 7 student in a corn plantation.

Eric Rotich, 38, was dragged off the corn farm by enraged members of the public who discovered him defiling the girl.

The teacher had parked his motorcycle on the side of the road after tailgating a student on his way home with maize flour from a posho mill.

The audience was drawn in by the girl’s anguished calls for aid from the maize farm.

Tindiret sub-county police chief Mohammed Jireh verified the teacher’s arrest and stated that he would face the law.

“The victim was taken to Meteitei sub-district hospital for treatment and for further investigations because this a serious matter and the suspect will face the law,” Jireh said.

According to the Soba location Chief William Lulei, the suspect together with the defiled child was handed to him by members of the public.

They took them to Songhor police station where the teacher is expected to appear at the Maraba law courts in Tinderet.

The suspect is a JSS teacher at Sigoria Junior Secondary School while her victim is a pupil at the neighbouring junior secondary school.

“The teaching narrowly escaped the public wrath after he was shielded by police officers who arrived at the scene just on time after I summoned them,” Lulei revealed.

Tinderet sub-county has the lowest transitional rate for girls in the Six Nandi sub-counties due to early marriages and dropouts occasioned by early pregnancies.

An NGO operating in the area “Chalan Foundation” which supports young mothers to return back to school, says most school-going girls got impregnated through defilements that were never reported to authorities.

Margaret Koskei, the foundation chair lady noted that due to poverty and the harsh environment in Tinderet, families decide to remain silent and marry off their daughters at tender ages.

“We want to return all young mothers to school, many have returned through our efforts and have even completed University education,” Koskei says.

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