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
"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
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.