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Woman Arrested for Torturing 5-Year-Old Stepdaughter

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson told URN on Monday that reports obtained indicate that the suspect severely beat up Akoli for yet undisclosed reasons, then took the victim to Life Line Clinic in Lira City for medical attention.
Minister Nakiwala (left) inspecting SOS Children`s home in Gulu City. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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The police in Lira City are holding a woman accused of torturing her five-year-old stepdaughter.

The suspect has been identified as Fiona Namagembe, 20, a resident of Ereda Samba village in Lira East Division Lira City. 

  

Police say that the Sunday evening arrest followed a report from a concerned human rights activist in Lira City who had been informed that the woman over the weekend brutally battered the five-year-old girl identified as Juliet Akoli.   

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN on Monday that reports obtained indicate that the suspect severely beat up Akoli over a yet to be disclosed reason and later took her to Life Line Clinic in Lira City for medical attention. 

He added that many scars and bruises were found on the child`s body in an examination conducted by the police at Lira Central Police Station.   

The police arrested the suspect and briefly detained her at Ereda police post before  transfering her to Lira Central Police station today.

  

Meanwhile the child who has several bodily injuries has been transferred to Lira University Hospital for further treatment.   In an earlier interview with URN, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi the State Minister for Youth and Children decried the alarming cases of violence against children in Uganda. 

  

She advocated for combined efforts and community sensitization against violence against children as well as child protection at all levels. 

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