Police in Butaleja district is investigating a case of Aggravated Defilement of an unnamed minor who was sold into marriage by her own parents.
The child’s particulars have been withheld by police to protect her since she is a minor.
IP Mugwe J. Moses Ag. PRO Bukedi South Region identifies the suspect as Guloba Ali a 38-year-old, resident of Nanswa Village, Busabi Town Council in Butaleja District.
The incident occurred on 19/4/2022 at around 2200/C.
According to Mugwe, the suspect sent his father, brother, his brother-in-law among other people to procure the child from her parents for marriage.
It is alleged that the group negotiated a dowry of Shillings 1,000,000 and paid a deposit of 500,000/=. After making the payment, they were allowed to take the minor as a “wife”.
However, information reached the D/CIDO Butaleja and a team of investigators responded immediately rescuing the victim.
They arrested the child’s mother, while the father fled from the scene.
Mugwe says efforts are underway to have all perpetrators arrested and arraigned in Courts of law for prosecution after investigations are complete and the file is sanctioned.
In a related development,
Police in the same district has arrested a 35-year-old man for aggravated defilement of a 10-year-old girl.
IP Mugwe J Moses Ag. PRO Bukedi South Region says the case of Aggravated Defilement of a 10-year-old child whose names are withheld because she is a minor and defilement of another one aged 17 years old happened on 18/04/2022 at around 0001/C in Busabi S/c.
It is alleged that a man identified as Mbisyo Jackson a 35-year-old Witch Doctor and resident of Busabi sub-county in Butaleja District first married the 17-year-old girl.
However, Mugwe says that the elder sister requested the 10-year-old sibling to come to her home and help with some house chores.
Unfortunately, the husband descended on the child and defiled her.
The elder sister reported the matter to the Police leading to the immediate arrest of the suspect, as inquiries into the matter continue.