12-year-old Girl Commits Suicide After Being Defiled by Uncle

A 12 year-old girl on Monday night committed suicide after being defiled by her paternal uncle in Napak district, Karamoja sub region.

Abura Atamuria hung herself at their home after she was defiled by Mariko Lokorochokou, an uncle. Her body was found by relatives on Tuesday dangling on a tree that stands few metres from their settlement in Nakayot village, some 79 kilometers South West of Moroto town.

Frank Tumwesigye, the District Police Commander Napak confirms the incident. He says her father Loduk Longol and the uncle are behind bars at the central police station to help with investigations into the incident. He explains that on the fateful day the uncle forced his niece into sex.

Later, the girl reported to her father and a bull was offered by the uncle to appease obscenity as traditions calls for in Karamoja. He adds that this did not go well with the daughter, who accused her parents of betrayal, after undergoing so much pain and ridicule.

Tumwesigye says the girl then decided to take her life.

Joseph Lomonyang, the District Chairperson Napak, urges police to embark on serious community policing saying Karimojong believe in ending life in most cases.

He adds that most suicide cases are registered amongst women in Karamoja. He advises the community to always seek assistance from the local leaders or the police other than suicide.

Atamuria is not the first teenager to commit suicide in Napak district. Others include an 8-year old who in 2012 committed suicide in Kangole town council after she was accused of stealing Ugx 200. Another girl in Lopei Sub County took her life for failure to pay a family debt.