By Francis Emorut and Agnes Nantambi
Women lawyers have condemned the Police over granting a bond to Pakistanis who gang-raped a 23-year old woman saying this has delayed justice.
Irene Ovonji-Odida said that the woman was left helpless in Mulago Hospital while the perpetrators were let scot free.
“The perpetrators were given Police bond as the victim remained in Mulago without any support from the government. We must demand for justice for this young lady on this tragic case which represents a worrying trend,” Odida said.
The women activists made the remarks during a press briefing at FIDA-Uganda headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.
Odida, who is a former East African Legislative Assembly legislator, pointed out that the delay by the Police to charge the accused for two months reflects failure of Justice and Law Order sector (JLOS) institutions to protect citizens from abuse of their rights.
She observed that failure to accord survivors of violence speedy trial has increased vulnerability of citizens making them loose trust in the justice system.
Dora Musingunzi, the executive director of Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV/AIDS, said there is need to strengthen the Family Protection Unit to help curb child and women abuse.
Arthur Larok, the country director of Action Aid Uganda, urged Government to be cautious on investors entering the country saying a stringent law should be in place to stop unserious investors.
Eunice Musiime called upon the Asian community to come out and condemn the fellow Pakistanis for gang raping the woman.
Rita Aciro, the executive director of Uganda Women Network, noted that due to the porous border, sex offenders can easily enter the country without being tracked/monitored and urged government to devise mechanisms of stopping wrong persons from entering the country.
Tina Musuya, the executive director of Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention, called for the protection of rape victims and asked government to implement the social protection law which addresses the plight of the vulnerable in society.