That figure now stands at over 366 and continues to rise by the week. The aim of the “160 Girls” project is to hold the police and the Kenyan state accountable for the enforcement of defilement laws, and thereby meet their duty to protect girls in Kenya from this most appalling form of violence. On May 27, 2013, the 160 Girls from Meru, Kenya, all victims of defilement/rape, made legal history, with the help of lawyers from around the world. Through a Constitutional challenge, holding the Kenyan state accountable for the Police treatment of defilement claims, the girls/petitioners secured access to justice for themselves and legal protection from rape for all 10,000,000 girls in Kenya.
The High Court of Kenya ruled that the police treatment of the “160 Girls” petitioners’ claims violated their human rights, and that the police treatment of defilement had created a climate of impunity for defilement, which rendered them indirectly responsible for the harms inflicted by the perpetrators: