KABALE – Police in Kabale is hunting for two sisters aged 16 and 18 years over allegations of murdering their father Stanislaus Turyatemba, 65, on Sunday night.
The Police spokesman for Kigezi Mr Elly Maate said on Tuesday that the suspects are residents of Kabindi cell, Kafunjo parish Buhara Sub County. Their names have been withheld to avoid jeopardizing the investigations.
Mr Maate said that Turyatemba allegedly picked up a quarrel with his daughters at around 10 pm after he returned home from a local bar. He allegedly assaulted one of them and they reacted by hitting him with iron bar and hoe on the head and other parts of the body. He was found dead on Monday.
Violence against women is on the increase in Uganda despite the presence of laws and policies to protect victims and survivors.
According to the Uganda Police Force’s annual crime report, gender-based violence cases that were reported and investigated increased by 4% (from 38,651 to 40,258 cases) between 2015 and 2016.
The 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey revealed that up to 22% of women aged 15 to 49 in the country had experienced some form of sexual violence. The report also revealed that annually, 13% of women aged 15 to 49 report experiencing sexual violence. This translates to more than 1 million women exposed to sexual violence every year in Uganda.
Violence against women has recently taken new, more sophisticated forms. An increasing number of women are, for instance, reporting cyber-bullying and abuse through social media and smartphones.