Police in Butaleja District in eastern Uganda are investigating a case in which a 13-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by seven men.
Police told this reporter that the victim, a primary seven pupil and resident of Polyabigere village, Kachonga Sub County, whose name cannot be disclosed because she is a minor, was raped on Saturday at around 7pm.
The acting Bukedi South Police Spokesperson, Mr Moses Mugwe, said two men have so far been arrested as investigations continue.
“We have so far arrested two men and we are hunting for the other five still at large,” Mr Mugwe said on Tuesday.
He said the victim was attacked by the men on the fateful day as she and her sister were returning home from collecting firewood.
“The victim was in the company of her sister who was assaulted but not raped because she managed to escape. The suspects took off after the incident,” he said.
The victim told police that they dragged her to the nearby bush where they raped her in turns after threatening to kill her if she made an alarm.
She’s is currently receiving treatment at Busolwe general hospital.
Mr Mugwe said the victim was examined and issued with police form 3 (PF3) which is given to a victim of physical or sexual assault after examination by a police officer that there is reasonable basis to believe that an offence was committed against the victim or survivor.
Police say the victim was immediately put on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to mitigate her exposure to HIV infection.
According to Mr Mugwe, a team of detectives from Butaleja central police station visited the scene to gather more evidence to further help in investigations.
He said the suspects currently on the run are known by the victim and her sister.
The girl first reported the case at Nabiganda police station before it was later transferred to Butaleja central police station for better management.
Sources at Nabiganda police station said the victim was limping and in pain due to injuries she sustained from the attack.
Police have submitted the case file to the Resident State Attorney (RSA) for legal advice.
The RDC Butaleja, Mr Stanley Bayole, said: “I have directed Police to make sure they arrest the remaining suspects who are currently on the run to face the law. Police should also speed up the investigations into the matter.”
Mr Bayole who also heads the district security committee asked the community to volunteer information on the whereabouts of the suspects who are still at large.
“This habit of raping girls should stop with immediate effect and parents / guardians should take extra care of their children, especially the girls,” he added.
He further warned the parents against sending their daughters to collect firewood during late hours.