A four-year-old girl’s parents have been arrested by police and the child handed over to Child and Family Protection Unit at Gulu central Police Station after neighbours exposed the child’s abuse.
The child, name withheld because she is a minor, is reported to have been the victim of physical and psychological abuse from her parents Sarah Kyampire (20) and Fred Anyuru (25).
The family has been resident in Tegwana parish in Pece division Gulu Municipality.
Kyampire and Anyuru are currently detained at Gulu Central Police Station.
A neighbour Florence Opiyo, says she has observed over several months the child suffer abuse at the hands of her mother. Opiyo says sometimes the child was denied food.
Opiyo brought the child to the police station.
During an interview with police, the child refused to be returned to her parents and screamed when they tried to reclaim her.
A police officer, who is not authorized to speak to the press, says preliminary exams indicate that the minor has been sexually abused several times too.
Aswa regional police spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema, in a telephone interview confirms that her parents are in custody.
Juliet Adoch of Acholi Child Rescue Team, an organization that fights for the rights of children, says they have picked interest in Adong’s case and will work with police to ensure she receives justice.
Early last month, a two year old boy identified as Emmanuel Opiyo was battered, locked inside a house and denied food by his step-mother for days in Koro Sub-county, Gulu District. It is reported that the boy’s mother left him at his father’s place a year ago after a domestic brawl with his father.
Early this month when video clips of a maid who battered a child went viral on social media and other media platform, globally people were left in awe of their children’s safety in hands of house maids.
The video attracted condemnation against maids, the maid has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for torture.