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Teenage Pregnancies Overwhelm Namayingo Police

Rose Nabwire, a social worker says parents have a negative attitude towards rehabilitation of their children when they become pregnant.
19 Mar 2019 14:00

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Namayingo police has raised a red flag over the increasing number of teenage pregnancies in the district.    

Milly Labol, the officer in charge of child and family protection unit at Namayingo Central Police Station, says the number of teenage pregnancies resulting from defilement cases is alarming. 

Labol told URN in an interview that on average five defilement cases are reported each week, but three girls are found pregnant.

She attributes the increase of the vice on poor parenting skills and faults parents for ignoring the well being of their children.

 

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He says parents are not willing to follow up the cases and only come to solicit funds from suspects, which frustrate efforts to end the vice. 

 

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Rose Nabwire, a social worker says parents have a negative attitude towards rehabilitation of their children when they become pregnant.  

“We don’t have resettlement shelters of teenage mothers and defilement victims, and we resort to offer rehabilitation to these children in their homes, however, nine out of ten parents prefer marrying off their children to the suspects, which has frustrated our efforts,” she said.     

Adding that, “we go ahead to take on these cases, but the victim’s parents shun court proceedings,” she said. 

Ronald Sanya, the Namayingo District Chairperson told URN in a telephone interview that sensitization meetings are ongoing to end the vice.

He however, says authorities are constrained because of transport challenges.    

“We are aware of this challenge and have embarked on sensitization drives to rally communities on the dangers of this vice, but the biggest part of this district is comprised of islands, and we lack boats to reach out to the locals in those places where high cases of teenage pregnancies and defilement cases are reported,” he said.      

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