A woman in Budaka district has been arrested for burning the hands of her son as punishment for stealing 200 shillings from her bedroom. The woman Namuzungu Nusula (37) tied the hands of her errant son together, doused them with paraffin and lit a match on them.
The woman Namuzungu Nusula (37) tied the hands of her errant son together, doused them with paraffin and lit a match on them.
The child Mutwalib Mbulane (6) suffered serious burns to his hands.
Nusula is alleged to have committed the offence on Wednesday, October 23 at about midday.
The Lukwansa village resident is said to have noticed that 200 shillings she had left on the table in her bedroom had gone missing. Lukwansa village is located in Idudi “A” parish, Nasanga sub-county.
The child Mbulane confessed that he had taken the money and burnt pancakes to eat because he was feeling hungry.
The child's cries attracted neighbours. A Local Council official Ahamada Baheye explained that the residents quickly apprehended the mother and handed her over to police.
Budaka Child Protection and Family Officer, Anthony Dongo, confirmed the development.
Budaka District Police Commander (DPC) Martin Otim condemned Nusula's action. He said the suspect would be arraigned before Budaka Magistrate’s court to answer charges of causing grievous harm.
Mbulane is receiving treatment for his burns at Mutome clinic-approximately 50 metres away from the police station.
Figures from the Budaka department of Child Protection and Family seen by this reporter show that 246 cases of child abuse have been registered January to October 2013. 563 such cases were reported in 2012.
A notification of child abuse is “substantiated” when an investigation by child protection department concludes there is sufficient reason to believe the child has been, is being or is likely to be abused, neglected or otherwise harmed.
Otim said there are many reasons for the rise in child abuse cases in the district. He said part of the reason why the vice is so visible is because of heightened societal awareness.
He did not rule out the "traditional causes" either of parental depression, substance abuse, and a history of abuse and neglect as a child.