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Domestic Violence: Kalangala Men Cry for Justice

Samuel Kyambadde, an activist under Kalangala Human Rights Defenders, says they have reported 29 cases of domestic violence directed at men on different landing sites in Mugoye Sub County but none has been investigated by police.

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Law enforcement agencies in Kalangala district are under fire from Human Rights defenders for ignoring cases of domestic violence justice where men are the victims. According to the Human Rights defenders, whenever men report cases of domestic violence at the Kalangala Police Family and Protection unit and the Probation Office, they are laughed off instead of being forwarded to court for prosecution.

 

 

Samuel Kyambadde, an activist under Kalangala Human Rights Defenders, says they have reported 29 cases of domestic violence directed at men on different landing sites in Mugoye Sub County but none has been investigated by police. He says despite the existence of laws against domestic violence, the law enforcement agencies are biased towards men.

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James Nandu, the Kalangala Police Commmunity Liaison Officer, confirms that they register several cases of men complaining about violence by their wives.

 

 

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He however, couldn't give statistics on the exact number of cases they have forwarded to court. Ritah Namukasa, who is implicating for assaulting her husband, says most men spend their time drinking and taking banned substances like marijuana only to turn up home and attack their wives.

 

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The Kalangala District Probation Officer, William Nkumbi says they record 20 cases of domestic violence on average each month. He however, says most of the cases are reported by women accusing their husbands for bartering them and neglect. 

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