By Aribo Aluma
ARUA. The rampant rise in cases of domestic violence and family breakdowns have been attributed to short periods couples take to know each other and lack of patience between the two courtesans.
This observation was made by Mr Swaib Toko, the Arua deputy resident district commissioner (RDC), while marking the closure of 16 days of activism against gender based violence and violence against women on Friday.
“These days we have departed from the ways of our grandparents who used to stay in a relationship for about two to three years or more while still studying and understanding each other’s characters and behaviors before finally committing each other for marriage which was violence free”
He continued: “but now you find the two meet within 2 to three months, she is invited home for a soda and that will mark the beginning of all troubles in the home, we should go back to the basics.”
He also attributed the rise in gender based violence in the district to alcoholism and drug abuse amongst the communities.
The project officer of Prevention plus, Geoffrey Ogutu, at Reproductive health Uganda, Arua Branch, which has been carrying out sensitization campaigns in 10 Sub Counties through a drama, said the identified Sub Counties were the ones with high cases of gender based violence.
Bosco Nuwagaba, the officer in charge of Arua government prisons, where the sensitization was also carried out said majority of the inmates in the prison were of gender based related offences which could have been prevented if the offenders sensitized.
Judith Drate, the principle community development officer of Arua Municipality said cases of violence against women are rarely reported to police by the victims for fear of reprisals from family and community members.
Micah Avubieng, the district community liaison officer attributed much of the violence against women to bad cultural practices which forbids a woman from saying no against sex with her husband even when she is sick.