Police in Luwero district have rescued two children and rushed them to
a health center after sustaining severe injuries from torture as the district
battles a surge in such cases.
The victims are a girl aged four years and a boy aged 12 years
who have been rescued from different villages in Butuntumula sub-county.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Prisca Birungi, the Officer
In Charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit at Luwero Central Police Station says
that they got information from the residents that the two children were tortured and rotting in homes with no medical care.
Birungi explains that the girl was injured after her mother poured
porridge on her buttocks and broke her arm for allegedly stealing bean sauce.
She adds that the boy was burnt with a car tyre after he was accused
of stealing the father's phone.
Birungi said the two children have been rushed to Canan Medical
center in Luwero town where they have been examined and found with grievous
harm on their bodies before they were admitted for treatment.
Birungi confirms that the father and mother of the boy and the girl respectively have been arrested to face charges of torture.
Cue in: “The Children…//
Cue out;…these parents.”//
// Cue in: “Yabadde ne kojja…//
Cue out;…kugenda maaso.”//
The boy told URN that on Sunday this week that his father suspected
him of stealing a phone yet the stepmother was responsible.
He adds that although he denied it, the father went ahead to
burn him with a car tyre leaving him with injuries on the face and around the chest.
He adds that the father later administered him herbs but the
wounds became more severe till Police rescued him this morning.
Salim Zimula the Parish Councillor for Kakabala parish in
Butuntumula sub county asked Police to prosecute the parents so as to deter
others from torturing the children.
// Cue in: “Kubanga abaana…//
Cue out;..abaana babwe.”//
This week Police released a report where Luwero district was
ranked in the fourth position across the country with the highest cases of child abuse
Luwero district registered 35 cases of child abuse
and torture in the year 2021.
The district was further ranked in the tenth position
with the highest cases of child desertion after recording 37 cases and the ninth
position with the highest cases of domestic after registering 340 cases.
The Children Act prohibits all forms of violence against children.