MUKONO – A woman identified as Annet Namata, a resident of Mukono Central Division has been arrested over allegations of forcefully feeding her stepdaughter with food mixed with her menstrual blood.
According to Namata’s husband Mr Unusu Lungu, he got the sad news from his neighbours who gave the daughter hot water to cleanse her mouth, garlic and charcoal to swallow after seeing her vomiting on the veranda and asked her what happened however she could not speak but rather pointed at the plate of food in the sitting room .
“She had mixed the blood with eggplants. She reportedly threatened to strangle my daughter if she refused to eat the food. I picked the plate that had the food and took it to her (Namata) and asked her to eat it but she refused saying it was mixed with blood. However, she claimed that she did not know how the blood ended up in the girl’s plate,” Mr Lungu told the police.
Ms. Namata who reportedly confessed having fed the girl with menstrual blood had fled into hiding no sooner had Lungu left to report the matter to the authorities.
Ms. Sarah Namawejje, the women local council I representative persuaded Namata to return for mediation which she abided with but was later taken to the police station.
According to Ms Namawejje, Namata was advised by her friends to feed the girl with blood so as to turn her into a lunatic because she was jealous of the love her husband gives to his daughter.
The Mukono District Police Commander Mr. Rogers Sseguya, said they had handed over the matter to the child and family protection unit which is also ensuring sufficient care for the teenager to recover psychologically from this trauma.