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