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 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 bought pancakes to eat because he was feeling hungry.
The child’s cries attracted neighbors. 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.