Gulu Authorities Ban Children From Funeral Rites Over Child Sex

purchase geneva; color: #222222;”>The Chairman LC III of the area, dosage Simon Ojok Opige said the ban will act as precaution measure to stop children falling victims of hungry men who are taking advantage of the young children.

Opige confirmed to Chimpreports that he has received reports that mature men are sexually abusing children at funeral places especially at night.

“The act is common especially in funeral ceremonies where discos are organized,” he said, describing it as a trap for underage girls.

According to the Bungatira Sub County Chairman, three cases of sex related offences have been reported to his office since the beginning of the year.

He blamed the rise in the number of defilement cases to unregulated night discos at Lukodi trading centre during monthly market days and Laliya trading center and funerals where no security is provided.

Opige added that some men rape older helpless women during funerals especially at night.

Furthermore, Barlington Olweny P’ Ongwech, the Bungatira Local Councilor V alleged that within the last two months, he has received three reports involving girls as young as 14- year- old being involved in sex.

He added that the latest received in January this year was when a 15 year old girl was defiled while she was sent to pick a match box from another hut during a funeral ceremony.

P’ Ongwech claimed that the victims normally chose not to reveal it to their parents for fear of being punished unless they conceive in the process.

He named Cet Kana village and Atia Bar as the most affected areas.

“It is not uncommon to hear of sexual encounters between strangers in funerals as many believe that it is a way of bringing back the dead to life by having another life. But the fear among the leaders is that the girls could be at the mercy of HIV infection since they are not aware of their abusers’ HIV sero status,” said P’Ongwech.

Police statistics at the Gulu Central Station shows that at least 25 children are defiled each month.


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