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UNICEF condemns maids torturing ugandan baby

24 November 2014, 20:57 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - UNICEF condemns the actions of a maid recorded to be brutally beating a one and half year old Ugandan child.

Ugandans were last weekend shocked by a video which went viral,showing a house maid torturing a baby.The video showed the maid slapping,kicking and standing on the baby.

The maid,Jolly Tumuhiirwe was arrested and taken to court where he was remanded to Luzira prison until December 7th 2014.

Many Ugandans and child rights organizations have condemned the act.Two ministers,of gender Mary Karoro Okurut and and of youth and children,Ronald Kibuule have visited the tortured baby's home and consoled the parents.

Among the organizations which have out today to condemn the act is UNICEF.

Also read: 
Uganda in shock at video of maid abusing baby

“The video of this baby being beaten is shocking,” says Aida Girma, UNICEF Uganda’s Representative. “Any such act of abuse and violence against children is completely unacceptable and a violation of every child’s fundamental right to be protected.”

Around 3.5 million children between the ages of 6-17,32% of all 6-17 year olds reportedly  currently experience physical violence in Uganda today. 

According to the international Committee on the Rights of the Child, physical violence is a form of “any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light. Mostly involves hitting (“smacking”, “slapping”, “spanking”) children, with the hand or with an implement like a whip, stick, belt, shoe, or wooden spoon.

But it can also involve, for example, kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears, caning, forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scalding, or forced ingestion.”

UNICEF is calling for immediate action to be taken to prevent and respond to all current and future cases of violence against children in Uganda, particularly for: The Children’s Amendment Act to be urgently passed, Significant additional resources to be allocated to prevent and respond to all cases of violence against children in Uganda, and all people who know of such cases to report them to the Child Helpline SAUTI by dialling 116 so urgent action can be taken

“No child deserves to be hurt or mistreated in any way. We call on Government and all Ugandans to once and for all put an end to the atrocious violence too many children in Uganda continue to experience,” Girma emphasized.

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