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Gender Based Violence: 27 Women Raped in Amudat

Joyce Alungat, the Chairperson of Women’s Network Amudat explains that the rapists killed their victims with the purpose of defeating justices for their heinous crime. She said that the rapists killed the women in Karita, a cosmopolitan area along the Uganda- Kenya border area.

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Rapists have killed ten women in Amudat district since October last year, the Women’s Network Amudat, an affiliate to the National Organization of Women in Uganda has revealed. According to Women’s Network Amudat, the rapists gang-raped, strangled or pushed sharp objects in the sexual organs of their victims.  

Joyce Alungat, the Chairperson of Women’s Network Amudat explains that the rapists killed their victims with the purpose of defeating justices for their heinous crime. She said that the rapists killed the women in Karita, a cosmopolitan area along the Uganda- Kenya border area.

  She said people of different tribes, criminals and drug addicts have infiltrated the area. The deceased include 7 women from Karita and 3 from Amudat Town Council. These are not the only cases. A report by the organization also shows that the rapists raped another 27 women.

At least 13 rape cases were recorded in Karita Sub County, 10 in Amudat Town Council, 2 in Loroo and Amudat Sub Counties. Alungat says of the 27 cases only 1 case in Amudat Town Council has reached court while the rest have not been prosecuted due to failure by the police to investigate the cases in time. 

She also said culturally people in Amudat fear to keep the body of victims of gruesome murders.

//Cue in: They were strangled ...

 

Cue out: ... private parts.”//

Alungat has called for the protection of women and girls who she describes as ‘living under threat’ by dangerous and aggressive men preying on women and girls for their sexual egos. She attributes such heinous crimes to drug abuse and calls on police to step up community sensitization on the rights of women.

//Cue in: Even after being raped ...

 

Cue out:  .... like public baraza.”//

Amudat District Police Commander, James Twesigye, said that as police they have stepped up community policing in the district especially Karita where the rate of gender-based violence has been high.

“We are sensitizing the community. We tell them to report such cases to police and we shall bring to book those responsible. Many of those cases were reported to us late after the alleged women were already buried,” he said in an interview Tuesday.

Police says about a dozen cases of rape have been officially reported. The new leadership of Amudat district led by the LC V chairperson, Joseph Nabot Nangole has pledged to fight GBV and Female Genital Mutilation-FGM, which have persisted over the years.

Nangole says Amudat has demonstrated her stance against GBV and FGM by requesting the judiciary to take services closer to the people. A magistrate’s court and Chief magistrate’s courts now sit in Amudat twice a week.

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