Dead Beat, a Facebook group that was acting more of a ‘shaming page’ for ran-away fathers and even those in the corridors of power were not spared. It was branded ‘Dead-Beat Kenya‘.
The Objective of The Group
The administrator of this page had the aim of providing a forum where the women victims could let the cat out of the bag concerning such fathers.It was an open group and anybody was free to join and being on social there was a lot of excitement that came with being a member with that group.
So what the women out there did was to put a photo of the ‘supposed father’ of their child/children and a little description concerning them.Some talked of men abandoning them and not even bothering to assist them in bringing up the children.For those who were unlucky to find their details on the group,it was such a mess especially if one had moved on and even in the family life.
This group touched peoples of all walks of lives including even those in the political class. Most women were in the support of this group saying that it was payback time. I could see some men trying to come out in the open and defend themselves that some stories were false since they had been supporting his children.
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Touching The Untouchable…
Women continued posting their experiences but then one politician felt that once his name appeared in the group,this had maliciously damaged his personality.So what he did,he sued the administrator of the group and the lady who made the post for defamation.So they were summoned to appear before the court to defend themselves.And in the meantime the court also refrained the group from placing any more posts.
I think coming up with such a group according to my view was not one of the viable options.This is because there are legal means through which such family issues can be sorted out.
Let’s leave social media to what it’s best at, and that is sharing our simple day to day lives.
Now Dead Beat Kenya is dead..