Men protest against ''husband raping wife'' case
27 July 2016, 12:31
Kampala - Men in central Uganda district of Masaka have protested against the law that incriminates a man who forcefully plays sex with his wife.
According to that law, a man who forces his wife into sex commits a rape offense and is liable imprisonment of up to 7 years if found guilty.
Yesterday, a wife reported his husband to police claiming that he forced her into sex.
Debra Nakayiza told police that her husband, Robert Mugwerwa went home at night while drunk and forced her into sex and since she was not ready for the act, she sustained bruises in her private parts.
Mugerwa on learning that the wife had gone to report him to police, mobilized other men in the village and they waited for police to come and arrest him.
''I was shocked when I found over 20 men at Mugerwa's home holding big sticks. They threatened to beat me if I dared to arrest Mugerwa,'' said police constable Chris Ogwal who had gone to arrest the suspected rapist.
Ogwal said that the men argued that in the African culture, it is abominable to hear that a husband has raped his wife.
''One of the men said that in their culture, whenever the husband feels like having sex, the woman has to comply.''
Ogwal who had gone with Nakayiza felt defeated and was about to go back with her when the men grabbed her. They requested her to forgive her husband ansd she obeyed.
She also withdrew the case against her husband.
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