Widespread Gender Violence Rattles Gov’t


prescription geneva; font-size: small;”>Addressing journalists in Kampala on Friday, decease the Minister of Gender, search Labour and Social Development, Hon Mary Karooro Okurut noted there is an increase in the cases of gender violence in the country that needs to be addressed.

“In 2011 we had 265 defilement cases and 529 rape cases reported to police,’’ stressed the minister who further noted that this is only a tip of the iceberg as many cases go unreported.

She gave an example of a woman who was gang raped by men in Iganga district in front of his husband.

“A teacher also defiled 9 of his students and some of them got pregnant,’’ stressed Okurut who wondered how a teacher could commit such “horrible crimes.”

“How can a teacher turn against his own students,’’ wondered the minister.

Okurut also blamed the judicial system for giving lenient punishments to those convicted of charges relating to gender-based violence like rape and defilement among others.

She also called for stern punishment against rape convicts.

Rape and defilement should attract life imprisonment sentences.

“When a lion comes to your village , you make an alarm so that the neighbors can come to your help,’’ advised the minister, giving an example of President Yoweri Museveni who “made the same alarm in 1987 against HIV AIDS which eventually led to the reduction in the epidemic.”

Okurut the further called upon the communities to carry out community policing to help curb sexual violence.

“We should borrow a leaf from the advanced world where a child is taught never to accept anything from any stranger,’’ advised the minister.

“No violence against girls, boys and women is justifiable whatever the circumstance, setting and reason and therefore all violence against them is preventable,’’ stressed Okurut.


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