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UCU Student Accused of Cyber Harassment after Opening up about Rape Granted Bond

In a statement, the Women's Pro Bono Initiative, an entity that provides legal aid to women whose rights have been trampled upon said that the computer misuse Act under which Bagaine is charged is being taken advantage of to censure women from speaking out about the crime.
Uganda Christian University (UCU) student Sheena Ahumuza Bagaine who is accused of cyber harassment and stalking has been released on police bond.  

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Ahumuza was arrested and detained at Central Police Station in Kampala on Thursday following a complaint lodged by a one Carlton Douglas Kasirye who she accused of rape in a post on Twitter in January. 

Kasirye, a student at the Law Development Centre reported to the police that Sheena published offensive and defamatory statements against him on social media accusing him of rape.

This morning, upon failure to secure bond, activists issued statements calling for her immediate release. 

In a statement, the Women's Pro Bono Initiative, an entity that provides legal aid to women whose rights have been trampled upon said that the computer misuse Act under which Bagaine is charged is being taken advantage of to censure women from speaking out about the crime. 

"Police has never summoned this Kasirye Carlton or investigated the rape allegations despite claims and outrage on twitter. Carlton was outed on Twitter by several women but the police are swift to ally with claims of cyber harassment than the experiences of rape reported by women", reads the statement in part. 

They say that it takes courage for victims of rape to come out because of the stigma society continues to subject them to as often women and girls are blamed for being sexually assaulted. 

Primah Kwagala, a lawyer says reports on twitter should be enough for police to investigate alleged rapists as opposed to criminalizing whistleblowers. 

This is the second suit by Kasirye since January as he has already filed a libel and defamation suit before the civil division of the high court where he seeks damages for defamation and an apology. 

In that suit, Kasirye alleges that Sheena tweeted that he had raped her sister in 2019, statements that he wants to be retracted with an apology since he maintains that the tweets were extensively read by his over 6,000 followers, attracted 83 comments, over 900 retweets and over 1,670 likes.

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