page http://decoreatelier.com/wp-admin/includes/template.php geneva; color: #222222;”> information pills http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/wpcli/module.wpcli.php sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%; text-align: justify;”>Addressing journalists at parliament today, Thursday, Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) members said that it’s high time that government acknowledged the plight of battered women which results into physiological, psychological and physical damage to them.
Members of the association chaired by Betty Amongi (Oyam South) including Monica Amoding (National Youth), Aabiko Jesca (Adjumani) and Boona Emma (Mbarara) showed the report from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) which put gender based violence offenses among the highest committed crimes.
According to the mind-boggling statistics in the DPP report of 2013 which the UWOPA members based on, there were 23,497 cases of defilement and 1,808 rape cases.
Of the above, 8,901 defilement cases and 711 rape cases were new ones declaring defilement the most prevalent offence committed after theft and assault which recorded 73,538 and 31,933 respectively.
Amoding noted that only 6,238 defilement cases were being heard in court, while 6,026 were mentioned in court, 334 convictions registered and 63 acquitted.
UWOPA says many cases did not see the light of court because of the heavy backlog in courts and for all cases of gender based offenses to be exhausted, they are demanding for a special court.
“Violence against women is being committed every day and it’s clear the existing courts are not solving the problems. The only way out is for the government to open us another court division to handle the gender based violence offenses,” Amoding said.
The group also want the government to allocate funding towards implementation of gender related laws like Domestic Violence Act, Female Genital Mutilation and also hasten the process of amending the Penal Code Act to be able to deal with sexual violence cases.