Having sex with your cousin is not illegal, the High Court of Kenya has ruled.
You may now marry, kiss, and have sex with your cousin. Nobody will take you to court to accuse you of incest, a court has ruled.
In Kenya, the relationship among cousins is accepted among some communities but considered a taboo among many other communities.
High Court Judge James Makau ruled that the Sexual Offences Act of Kenya does not list cousins among the list of a family liable for incest if one found to have had sex with them.
According to the Judge, the National Assembly did not leave out the clause on cousins by intention but by the fact that in some Kenyan communities such as Hindu, relationship, and marriage among cousins is permitted.
“This means it is permissible to have sex with a cousin,” the judge ruled. “My understanding of the said section (Section 20(1) of the Sexual Offences Act) is that if any sexual activity takes place between two cousins, that does not amount to incest within the meaning of the provisions of the Sexual Offences Act.”
The judge was pronouncing a ruling where a man had appealed the decision by a Magistrate court to convict him of having slept with his cousin.
The man argued that the girl in question was never allowed to testify and that the court ruled on the matter based on what he heard and had no idea how the two were related or how they arrived at the point of having sex.
During the month, a couple surfaced on the internet and confessed to being twins who “fell in love with each other” and decided to get married. They were disowned by their parents and now have a child together.
The ruling by the judge is expected to elicit a sharp reaction from church leaders who might consider it against the faith. Do you support the ruling?