Suba North Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo now wants people who share nudes of their partners on life to face life imprisonment.
Odhiambo says that while she does not support death sentence, a law need to be put in place to hand the perpetrators life imprisonment.
“I don’t support the death penalty, I wish I was, I would support the death penalty for such people, but since I don’t support the death penalty, I think we need to enhance the sentences to life imprisonment for people like that” she said.
“The issue of morality is very personal. What is done in private should not be brought to the public. We are going to amend our laws and make stricter penalties. If I was a supporter of the death penalty, I would have brought it. We should make it a life sentence then,” she said.
Women leaders targeted
Odhiambo sternly condemned the incident claiming that women leaders are being targeted by sex shamers.
“I want to warn the men who are targeting national leaders with sex shaming like the one we have seen of late if we cannot protect woman at the local level… and as women leaders we are being targeted and we want to be quiet because of one or two reasons…
“We cannot be treating women like trash, we cannot be treating women like rubbish… and I want to tell women who are shaming and victimizing other women and victimizing and taking a moral high ground… Shame on you! Shame on you!” she said.
Without mentioning the victim Odhiambo said that she will not sit quiet when another woman was being shamed regardless of the political affiliation.
She pleaded and asked the sex shamers to at least have some compassion on the woman’s family if they do not care about the woman.
“At least if you are not bothered about that person (the victim), have mercy on their children,” She said.
Punishable by the law
Sharing of intimate photos of a person online is known as revenge porn and it is a form of online violence mostly perpetrated against women.
This act is regarded as an offense in Kenya through the Computer Misuse & Cybercrimes Act, and can attract a fine of Ksh. 200,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.
“A person who transfers, publishes, or disseminates, including making a digital depiction available for distribution or downloading through a telecommunications network or through any other means of transferring data to a computer, the intimate or obscene image of another person commits an offence and is liable, on conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both,” section 37 of the Act reads.