19000 Women Raped in 2016 – Police Report

Rape and defilement cases in Uganda has been on the rise over the years.

The  2016 Police report  on violence against women and girls has shown that over 19000 females were either raped or defiled (girls).

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday at the police headquarters, sick the Deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola said police have realized that each year, check these cases increase, calling for a quick intervention.

“We all need to rise up against these forms of violence against our sisters,” Ochola urged.

According to the report, other forms of violence like assault and torture are also on the increase throughout the country.

The Police Director in charge of Interpol, Asan Kasingye said many females are victims of human trafficking and other forms of crimes because they can easily be lured.

“For the last 10 years, the trend has been going up and many of them have ended up being tortured, abandoned or even killed,” Kasingye said.

According to the report, over 9000 cases of crimes against children including neglect, abduction, trafficking and torture were reported in 2016.

The police bosses however said that the report will be top on the agenda during the oncoming 2-day conference on the role of security organs in combating violence against women and girls.

The international gathering to be held in Kampala will run from March 6 to 7, 2017.

“It will attract more than 200 officials including police chiefs from all African countries responsible for fighting against violence,” Ochola noted.

He added that the overall objective of the meeting would be to highlight and reaffirm the role of security organs in fighting violence against women and girls on the African continent.


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