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UHRC Probes Torture of Lira Expectant Mother

Nicholas Ogwang, the Northern Uganda regional human rights officer told URN the commission has taken over the case.He says they have also recorded statements from both the victims and possible witnesses.

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission has launched investigations into the reported torture of an expectant mother in Lira town.

The expectant mother identified as Rose Acen,32, a resident of Teso Bar, a suburb of Lira town, appeared in a video clip, three weeks ago, being publicly caned by a man identified as Hillary Owino.

It was then reported that Owino was acting on the orders of Margret Alum, a resident of Bar Opuu B village in Adekokwok Sub County who accused Acen of stealing 100,000 Shillings and a mobile phone from her house on June 24, 2018.

Alum, a medical counsellor at Lira Regional Referral Hospital, was subsequently arrested and arraigned in court on charges of assault and torture.

Nicholas Ogwang, the Northern Uganda Regional Human Rights Officer told URN that the commission has taken over the case. He says they have recorded statements from both the victim and probable witnesses.

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David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson says they are yet to arrest Owino, the prime suspect in the case. 

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