10-year-old who Attempted Suicide Handed Back to Mother

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A 10-year-old child who attempted to commit suicide over physical and psychological torture by his parents has been released back into his mother's care. Saku said that his parents would punish him by tying bricks to his testicles. He said that his parents would deny him food for minor offenses like pouring tea on the floor.

A 10-year-old child who attempted to commit suicide over physical and psychological torture by his parents has been released back into his mother's care.
 
The child Ibrahim Saku was discharged from Jinja regional referral hospital on July 24.
 
The Namulesa Muslim Primary School primary school pupil swallowed rat poison on July 23.
 
His action followed severe punishment by his parents who accused him of stealing a neighbour's mobile phone. 
 
Upon discharge, Saku said he would not attempt to commit kill himself again. He, however, said that he hoped his parents would treat him better.
 
Saku said that he hoped severe punishments like tying bricks to his testicles would stop. He said that his parents would deny him food for minor offenses like pouring tea on the floor.
 
Saku also said that sometimes, as a form of punishment, burning plastic would be made to drip on his ankles. He would also be tied with ropes for long periods to stop him from wandering from home. 
 
Saku's life was saved by a neighbour after he had swallowed the poison. A concerned neigbour who came upon him after the act rushed him to the Hamisi Kiganira, the LC 3 chairperson. Kiganira then took him to the hospital.
 
At Jinja referral hospital, Saku was admitted in the Nalufenya children’s ward.
 
Aggrey Sanya, a doctor at Nalufenya childrens ward, said they had decided to release Saku because his life was out of danger. He said that Saku needed to be shown love and care by his parents to make a full mental recovery as well. He urged his mother to allow him time to play with his peers.
 
Saku's mother Saida Lowe attended to him during his treatment. She was asked to make a statement with police. Meanwhile Saku's stepfather Moses Nkwanga has been on the run since the incident. 
 
The couple is resident in Idogolo village, Mafubira Sub County, Jinja district. 
 
Jimmy Obbo, administrator African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Jinja, said they will help police look for the Saku’s step father Moses Nkwanga. He will be charged with child abuse and neglect upon apprehension.