Vi­o­lence against chil­dren on the rise in Uganda

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Vi­o­lence against chil­dren both male and fe­male has dou­bled in Uganda in the last two years and the prob­lem is there is no sign of a de­cline in cases.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by the Gen­der Min­istry, phys­i­cal vi­o­lence is the most preva­lent form of vi­o­lence ex­pe­ri­enced in child­hood with nearly six in 10 fe­males and seven in 10 males, newvi­sion. re­ported.

More than half of th­ese had their ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween six and 11years.

The 2016 crime statis­tics cap­tured 43,682 cases of vi­o­lence against chil­dren coun­try­wide.

Of those, 15,005 vic­tims/sus­pects were coun­selled, 3,144 cases re­ferred to other stake­hold­ers and 2,627 cases taken to court.

From Jan­uary to Septem­ber 2017, they were over 60,322 cases of vi­o­lence against chil­dren.

The sur­vey shows that chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, or­phans and chil­dren with ab­sen­tee par­ents are at greater risk of vi­o­lence.

About 60.4 per­cent of school chil­dren re­ported rou­tinely be­ing beaten and hu­mil­i­ated for rea­sons such as com­ing late or mak­ing noise in class.

“Within homes, chil­dren are pun­ished for ly­ing, dis­obe­di­ence, an­swer­ing back, steal­ing, fail­ure to do do­mes­tic chores or poor per­for­mance in school home­work. While the in­ten­tions in some cases may not be to harm the child more of­ten chil­dren suf­fer in­juries, pain and ins some cases im­pair­ment,” read the re­port.

This was re­vealed by the state min­is­ter for youth and chil­dren af­fairs Florence Naki­wala yes­ter­day while open­ing the first na­tional learn­ing event on child well­be­ing at Ho­tel African in Kam­pala.

The con­fer­ence theme ran un­der the ti­tle: Ap­ply­ing le­gal and pol­icy frame­works for im­proved child well-be­ing.

“Vi­o­lence against chil­dren is in­creas­ing in the coun­try; what is sad is that mil­lions of th­ese chil­dren are con­tin­u­ing to suf­fer vi­o­lence in their homes, but very few per­pe­tra­tors have been brought to book.

“It is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect chil­dren be­cause they are very im­por­tant for the fu­ture ex­is­tence of this coun­try,” said Naki­wala.

Naki­wala called upon par­ents to be more re­spon­si­ble and cre­ate time for their fam­i­lies.

“It is a shame that our homes are now havens of vi­o­lence, moth­ers should be very busy for their chil­dren, they should al­ways have time to talk with their chil­dren to know what they are go­ing through be­cause chil­dren al­ways open up when they are with some­one they trust,” noted Naki­wala.

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