13 December 2012

Uganda: Girl Defiled for 36 Days

Police are holding three men over the recent abduction of a 15-year-old schoolgirl of Mubuku Valley Secondary school.

According to Kasese district CID officer, Godwin Tumugumye, the three men face charges of rape, defilement and abduction of a schoolgirl. The girl's relatives say she was abducted on her way from school by four heavily built men at around 5:40pm on October 3, 2012, and taken to Ntoroko, over 65kms away.

The victim's father, Stephano Mulindwa, said the family only learnt of her whereabouts on October 20, 2012 when the suspects' father and other elders came to his home in Kayanja village, Ibuga parish to negotiate her marriage.

"They came to my home for introduction and discussion on dowry but I tipped off the police that helped me arrest three of them," Mulindwa said.

Mulindwa said her daughter was found hidden in the home of Fred Rusoke, a resident of Budiba village, Rwebisengo in Ntoroko district and father to Johnson Namanya who wanted to marry the girl forcefully. While at Kasese police, the girl revealed that she had been defiled several times by the tormentors, who asked for marriage.

Margaret Mulindwa, the mother of the girl, told The Observer that she was happy to see her daughter again after the trauma she went through.

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