Woman arrested for refusing to take children to school over religious belief

KENYA – Police are holding a middle-aged woman for allegedly failing to take her three children to school over religious beliefs. The woman claimed her religion does not allow her to take children to school according to police reports.

The police together with officials from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination have been tracking down parents who are yet to take their children back to school after the resumption of physical learning on January 4. 

Taita sub-County Police Commander Onesmus Kombe and Shigaro Assistant Chief Elijah Kimbichi confirmed the arrest, saying investigations into the incident were still ongoing.

Kombe said the woman told the police that Jesus spoke to her in a dream telling her not to take the children to school.

“She told us that taking children to school is evil and against the doctrines of God. Her husband who works in Mombasa also subscribes to this belief,” added Kombe.

Kombe said the woman will be charged with infringing on her children’s right to education. He further said they will seek for the children to be put under the care of the children’s department in the meantime. 

The minors are in Standard Five, Three and One. The children, Kimbichi said, have also been made to believe that education is not good and they aren’t supposed to be going to school. 

Another parent was earlier arrested for a similar offence and compelled to take her children to school.



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