A Kenyan husband allegedly cut off his wife’s hands because she was unable to get pregnant during their seven years of marriage.
Stephen Ngila reportedly attacked his wife, Jackline Mwende, with a machete earlier this month, reports CNN International. Ngila used a machete to cut off her hands and left injuries on her head.
The attack left Mwende deaf in one ear. Mwende’s father told CNN that Ngila “threatened to shut her mouth for good before attacking her with a machete.”
Though Ngila allegedly assaulted his wife because she did not conceive during their marriage, a hospital in Narobe claims that Ngila had reproductive issues. Mwende was fertile.
The Machakos government is giving Mwende a monthly allowance for the next year, as well as free medical care and counseling until she recovers. Mwende will also be receiving prosthetics and any other medical necessities from the government.
Lilian Ng’ang’a, the wife of Gov. Alfred Mutua, came out in support of Mwende after her attack.
“We are touched by her situation and condemn this beastly act. There will be an ambulance at her disposal to take her to the clinic or hospital for check-ups for one year. We will also train her so that she is employable and able to sustain herself,” Ng’ang’a said.
Other activist have also declared their support for Mwende.
“I know we are better than this depraved sexist violence. Shocked. A society that can’t keep all safe means no one is safe,” tweeted Irungu Houghton, associate director to the Kenya Dialogues Project of the Society for International Development.
Police arrested Ngila the day after he attacked his wife; Mwende’s husband will be in court Aug. 5.
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