Bearded woman subjected to genital exam by police in Kenya after arrest

Nigerian actress Queen Okafor believed to be Nigeria’s hairiest woman.

A Kenyan woman has been subjected to a genital examination conducted by two female police officers who stripped her because she grew a beard.

31-year-old Teresiah Mumbi, a minibus conductor, has threatened to take legal action against the officers over the incident which occurred after her arrest for a traffic offence in Kariobangi on May 15 after allegedly refusing to offer a bribe.

“Those two female officers came and demanded that I undress and put my legs apart. After they were satisfied they let me back to the cell,” Mumbi was quoted by local media Tuko.

Teresiah suffers from an excessive hair growth condition known as hypertrichosis. She said she did not like shaving because it made her face itchy.

But, Teresiah told the media that she shaved her beard after the incident to remain feminine despite it growing back after a few days. She also quit her job for fear of facing a similar incident.

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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