BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The police in West Nile have tied the rampant cases of defilement in the region to neglect of parental duties during Covid 19 lock-down.
“You are supposed to use this time to connect with your children. But you find that especially in Arua people are moving on the streets during the curfew hour. Girls are getting defiled because you are not at home, you are out there violating curfew restrictions,” Hudson Ocen, the regional spokesman said.
He was speaking during an interview with the www.westniletodaynews.com held at his office.
Ocen presented a worrisome statistic that indicated that defilement of the young girls was the leading capital offence being committed.
His cumulative summary for the Month of May indicated 38 defilement cases, 11 murders, six rapes and four robberies for the districts of Arua including the city, Maracha, Terego, Nebbi, Madi-Okollo, Pakwach, Koboko and Zombo.
In June, the police recorded a total of 34 defilement cases, 10 murders, one rape and seven robberies in the same localities.
The publicist however cautioned that this is likely under reporting by the community as he cited several reasons on which to base his assertions.
“We have bush lawyers who try to settle defilement cases at home. Some people see defilement as an opportunity to get cows from the perpetrators, yet there are those who fear to report cases to police and others fear questioning and harassment by lawyers during court proceedings,” Ocen said.
He said some capital offences are swept underground because firsthand witnesses may be relatives, friends or neighbors of the offenders that they choose to shield them from accounting to the law.
“This is a dangerous attitude. Today may be somebody but tomorrow it might be you who becomes the victim,” he warned.
Ocen appealed to the leaders to sensitize their communities so as to curb the crime rate while pledging that the law enforcement apparatus would continue doing its part.