By Komakech Jimmy
Northern Uganda’s districts of Gulu and Omoro have registered higher cases of defilement within the region.
This is according to Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) and Police’s Child and Family Protection Unit (CFPU).
The report reveals that children between the ages of 12-17 are the most defiled. The recent report put this at 58 percent.
At least 242 have been defiled from July 2017 to October 2018, report further says.
Gulu and Omoro recorded the following, as per few selected sub-counties: Bungatira sub county recorded 33.3 percent, Koro 34.4 percent and Paicho stood at 3.6 percent.
However, Police in their report for first quarter of 2019 registered 40 cases of defilement in the two districts, which is “unbelievable”.
Jessica Anena, the Gulu senior probation officer said her office always receive a lot of cases on defilement, and ‘many parents most times call for negotiation between the defiled minor and the suspect which is a criminal case before court’.
She adds that the main agenda for the cases of defilement is because most parents are relaxed, abandon their children, not taking keen interest in nurturing their children well and not providing the necessary basics needs.
She however urged parents to always try as much as possible to be near their children.
Faith Namano, JLOS coordinator said they’re working a lot with police to avert the violence on children.
“As justice for children, we are doing capacity building to see that police is enhanced with solid knowledge on how to proceed with cases of defilement and other abuses carried on children apart from defilement,” she explains.
“We have done follow ups on the different assignment we give police so, it’s a collective work,” she adds.
Juliana Masagwai, the programme manager World Vision said for them, they have played a significant role in the fight against defilement and other violence against teenagers.
“We are committed to improve the lives of children who have under gone such abuses and so far we have held a meeting with Acholi Religious Leaders and Peace Initiative in reflecting on how to end violence against children and how their rights can be protected,” she said.
Reports shows that other cases, apart from defilement within the districts which stood at 0.3 percent in recent months, now has risen to 3.6 percent.
Section 129 of the Penal Code Act says any person who performs a sexual act with another person who is below the age of eighteen years, commits a felony known as defilement and is on conviction liable to life imprisonment.