Man, wife held over burning girl’s private parts

Police in Mayuge are holding a man and his wife for allegedly burning their daughter’s private parts. The duo are said to have acted on suspicion that their 15-year-old daughter had started to engage in sexual activity.The suspects, both residents of Nakalanga Village in Bukatube Sub-county Mayuge District, reportedly burnt their daughter last week using firewood.

According to the acting district police commander, Mr Sam Epira, the two were arrested on Thursday after concerned neighbours reported the cruel punishment to police. The Primary Four pupil has since been nursing wounds at Mayuge Health Centre III where she is undergoing treatment.

Mr Epira told this newspaper at the weekend, that the couple had admitted to burning the child, saying they had to give the girl a severe punishment for her actions. “It was not fair that this girl had started ‘seeing’ men especially that we had been struggling to see her through school. We had severally cautioned her and it was time we acted,” the couple said.

Mr Epira told Daily Monitor there was no justification for giving the girl such a punishment, adding the duo would be charged in court with child abuse and causing grievous bodily harm when investigations are complete. Meanwhile police in Mayuge are holding a 50-year-old man over alleged incest.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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