Bearded woman ‘undressed by Kenya police’

A Kenyan woman has threatened to sue two police officers who she says harassed her by forcing her to undress so that they could confirm her gender after they spotted she had a beard, The Star newspaper reports.

Teresiah Mumbi, who works as a matatu (minibus) tout, told local KTN TV on Thursday that the officers who humiliated her were women.

She says the incident, which The Star reports happened on 15 May, has left her afraid and has started shaving her beard, which grows back over two days, to stop further harassment.

It is not clear why the police officers would have needed to know her gender.

Ms Mumbi told KTN TV that she does not like shaving as it is painful. Watch her story (in Swahili) below:



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