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Husbands Report Wives to RDC for Secretly Doing Birth Control

Amuru RDC Geoffrey Oceng Osborn says that in the past two weeks, he has received complaints from 9 men accusing their wives seeking family planning services without their knowledge. Earlier this month, a man in Labala Parishof Pabo Sub County beat his wife to death for having a family planning contraceptive implant without his knowledge.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn speaks to URN. Photo by Michael Ojok

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Husbands in Amuru district have reported their partners to Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Resident District Commissioner Amuru district for not being involving them while seeking for family planning services.

  

Early this month, a man in Labala Parish Pabo Sub County in Amuru district beat to death his wife who reportedly had a a family planning implant without his knowledge.

  

Geoffrey Oceng Osborn says that in the past two weeks, he has received complaints from 9 men against their wives who sought  family planning services without their knowledge.

  

Oceng says this has been among the factors contributing to domestic violence in the district.  

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Oceng says he is going to organize a meeting with all the family planning service providers in the district to ensure that men are involved in the process so that domestic violence cases which come as a result of non-involvement are reduced.

  

Michael Lakony, the district LCV chairperson says that he has also received several similar complaints from the men, mostly in their youthful ages, saying they are not being involved in the process.

 

Jackson Ocen, a resident of Keyo trading center says that his wife goes to attend the family planning services alone without sharing with him the reasons. He says on several occasions, he had demanded why but his wife declines to share details of her opinion. 

   

A woman who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity claims that in most cases their husbands decline to heed to their suggestions of going to the health facilities seeking for family planning services.  

Fortunate Kagumahu, the communications coordinator, of Reproductive Health Uganda which provides family planning services in the country, says that it is not mandatory for women to go with their husbands while seeking family planning services.

  

He says that they hold community talks and various discussions with their clients before giving them the services required. 

  

Police in Aswa region recorded 33 murder cases between January and March this year with most of the cases attributed to domestic violence. 

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