Rachael Odoi, the Senior Technical Advisor on Governance and Security/Access to Justice Program Uganda (formerly Justice Law and Order Sector) saysthat most of the people affected in SGBV cases are children and they can't ably describe what happened, and that each home and tribe has a different name used to refer to sexual organs.
The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Elem
Ogwal has revealed that their office is to use a new technique of anatomically
detailed dolls to prosecute more than 700 cases of sexual and gender based
violence effective October 25th 2021.
Anatomically Detailed Dolls are specifically made with
descriptive sexual reproductive parts and they are used in interviewing and
leading evidence in court of victims of crime in SGBV cases.
According to the Acting DPP, the victims are able to
illustrate how the sexual act occurred by use of those dolls without having to
expressly mention the names of the sexual reproductive organs and without
explaining the graphic details of how the act was performed.
Ogwal revealed this on Thursday while addressing Journalists
in his office in Kampala about the new methods the Directorate intends to use
so as to secure more convictions in cases of SGBV such as defilement, aggravated
defilement, trafficking in persons.
This is ahead of the 14 criminal sessions
that are supposed to start next week in various High Court circuits and the
Chief Magistrates Courts across the country.
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The sessions are supposed to take place in the High Courts
at Kampala, Kasese, Masaka, Mbarara, Tororo, Iganga, Moroto, Gulu, Adjumani and
Otuke as well as in the Chief Magistrates Courts at Apac, Busia, Tororo and
Nakapiripirit. The cases are expected to be concluded by Decemeber 2021.
The Acting DPP explained further that 70 percent of the
criminal cases registered and prosecuted in courts are related to SGBV and
often times, they have failed to secure convictions on grounds that their
witnesses are unable to clearly state what happened.
He added that most people
in the country because of cultural and moral grounds they fear speaking about
reproductive organs in public.
As such, Ogwal is hopeful that if one can be able to
demonstrate how a sexual act happened with the use of dolls which have male and
female organs, they will be able to secure many more convictions.
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On her part, Rachael Odoi the Senior Technical Advisor on
Governance and Security/Access to Justice Program Uganda which was formerly
known as the Justice Law and Order Sector noted that most of the people
affected in SGBV cases are children and they can't ably describe what
According to Odoi, Uganda as a country has most of its
beliefs based in strong cultural settings, most which perceive the sexual act as a bad thing and hardly discuss it in the
open. She adds also that each home and tribe has a different name used to refer
to sexual organs.
However, Odoi is hopeful that the use of dolls will work as
a demonstration to help victims clearly show court what happened and also
aid the prosecutors to lead evidence without compelling the victim to recite
words that may be uncomfortable mentioning in public.