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Violence Against Women Still Prevalent in Karamoja :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Violence Against Women Still Prevalent in Karamoja

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Irene Aceng, the Karamoja police spokesperson attributes the rise to excessive consumption of alcohol. She also identifies little or no respect for women in most areas of Karamoja saying these are the main causes of rampant violence against women.
08 Jul 2016 16:27
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A man identified as Mwesigye grabs a woman by her hair who he claims fleeced him of 150, 000 shillings at Goli Lodge.
At least 177 cases have been reported between April and June compared to 160 reported between January and March 2016.

Statistics availed to Uganda Radio Network from the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Headquarters; indicate a 7.3 percent rise in violence against women in South Karamoja.

Nakapiripirit district leads with 80 cases of domestic violence against women in the region. Others that follow suit include Moroto 56, Napak 38 and Amudat 26.

Irene Aceng, the Karamoja police spokesperson attributes the rise to excessive consumption of alcohol. She also identifies little or no respect for women in most areas of Karamoja saying these are the main causes of rampant violence against women.

Now, Aceng says the police have intensified on the sensitization of violence against women. She explains that the court has been able to convict two parents for forcefully marrying off an underage girl. Other convictions of several persons have been done on the perpetrators of female genital mutilation. She adds that since the police have intensified on sensitization early marriage has come up in the limelight.

Meanwhile, Aruk Richard Maruk, Mt. Moroto Regional Police Commander confirms the development saying a number of cases go unreported in the districts. He says sometimes the affected parties usually settle disputes at the local council of elders.

The District Probation Officer Moroto, William Lokutae says at times elders do not pursue cases with claims of violence against women. He notes that wife-beating is still regarded as a private family matter.