Gender Based Violence on the Rise in Busoga Region

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Samson Lubega South Eastern regional police spokes person says a total of 1376 cases were recorded during the last three months compared to a total of 2385 cases of gender based violence registered in the entire 2012. He explains that around this time last year police registered 1104 cases of GBV.

Communities in Busoga region are troubled over an increase in cases of Gender Based Violence in the area.

Samson Lubega South Eastern regional police spokes person says police have recorded a remarkable increase in gender violence cases in Busoga region.

In 2012, a Uganda Demographic and Health Survey indicated that eastern Uganda has the highest cases of Gender based violence with an average of 74% cases.

But according to Lubega, a total of 1376 cases were recorded during the last three months compared to a total of 2385 cases of gender based violence registered in the entire 2012. He explains that around this time last year police registered 1104 cases of GBV.

Most registered cases include physical and Psychological abuse, sexual violence against women, sexual abuse and other traditional practices harmful to women and girls. Others are marital rape, dowry-related violence, incest, non-spousal violence like child to mother attacks and violence related to exploitation and deprivation of freedom.

Lubega attributes the increase of GBV cases reported to the poor sensitization and community policing programs that the public have been exposed to.

He claims that over the years, many local leaders and parents had turned GBV into a business venture where they would not report the crime to police but instead to the local councils. Such cases would later be resolved silently after receiving money from the culprits.

Beatrice Kafuko a resident of Nakigo village in Nakigo Sub County in Iganga district is one of the victims. She was beaten into comma after his husband brought another woman into a house she constructed.

She was forced to flee with a family of seven children for fear of death to another place in the same village.

Rev. Michael Musasizi from Nakigo parish says gender based violence has also led to loss of life among the population. Two cases have been registered in 2013.

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Carol Idembe a GBV Prevention Specialists with the Inter Religious Council of Uganda says they are working on reducing causes of GBV in homes, like poverty in order to have a violent free Busoga region.

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There hope however still lies in the Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009 that has continuously received opposition from various sections of the public.