By Mildred Nambi
Rights activists have expressed concern over the increasing cases of gender based Violence in greater Masaka region.
Rape and wife-battering have dominated the 2012 police report on the state of gender based violence against women and children.
The report furthers states that Masaka, Rakai, Sembabule and Lyantonde districts are leading with many cases of gender based violence.
The police report shows that in 2012, at least 900 cases of gender based violence were reported to police although only about 20 have been prosecuted.
The Greater Masaka Police Spokesperson Noah Sserunjogi, says majority of these cases involve defilement and wife beating.
It in this regard that an office to shelter victims of Gender based violence has been opened up in Masaka.
Turner Atuki, the Executive Director MIFUMI, an International Development and Women’s Rights Organization which provides free legal services to victims, says her organization records 25 cases of gender based violence every month in Masaka district alone. She says violence against girls as young as 3 years is common.
Atuki attributes the problem to police failure to investigate these cases which has seen court setting several suspects of them free.
Lillian Musisi, the Masaka district Community Development Officer, confirms that rape, defilement and physical battering are common in Masaka mostly in schools and some teachers are being investigated.