Police in Agago district is investigating circumstances under which a primary five pupil of Patongo Primary School committed suicide after being punished by her elder brother.
Grace Adokorach, 16, a resident of Lukula village in Lira Kato Sub County is reported to have committed suicide after undergoing repeated beatings by her elder brother identified as Patrick Okello, a teacher at her school.
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom says that Okello sent his now deceased sibling to fetch water at a nearby source on Saturday, but she delayed and he subjected her to punishment by beating her upon return.
The girl was again beaten on Sunday morning before she was sent to the garden by her brother to uproot cassava tubers and never returned.
After waiting for her to return in vain, concerned residents mounted a search until they found her hanging on a rope. The police later responded to the distress call and retrieved the body from the scene.
Mudong says Okello is currently at large and a pursuit to apprehend him is on to help the police with the investigations into the matter.