By Aribo Aluma
Insufficient house hold income ignorance about proper means to solve domestic issues is aiding violence against women in the district.
Though there are no statistics to support the vice, the district police community liaison Office, Micah Avubieng said some fail to report the cases of violence against them for fear of reprisals from the family and clan members.
Reproductive health Uganda, which has been carrying out community sensitization campaign in various parts of the district through music, dance and drama to highlight the issues of gender based violence also noted that majority of inmates at Arua prisons are on gender based related violence.
Locals perform a drama on gender based violence in Adumi. Photo by Aribo Aluma
During one of the drama presentations by Kipaji West Nile at Arua government prisons on Monday, Philliam Enzama, an inmate said: “Alcohol makes us not to realize our mistakes, it makes us not to control our anger and that is why I am in jail here, I know I will be a different person when am out of the jail.”
Other inmates said they had reacted angrily against their spouses when the sold the little family resources without the knowledge of the other.
Bosco Nuwagaba, the OC prisons said over 200 inmates out of 931 present on the day were on gender based related cases adding that the institution had moved away from punitive measures to correctional.
A man sips alcohol in Arua town. Photo by Felix
The visits to the prisons are part of the 16 days of activism to eliminate gender based violence in communities.
Geoffrey Ogutu, the project officer of Prevention plus at Reproductive Health Uganda Arua branch said: “Society looks at men as one of the key perpetrators of violence in homes; some of you (inmates) are here because of violence, you have to look at your colleague as a fellow human being and respect him.”
Judith Drate, the municipality community development officer said because of poverty, women had abandoned their children in homes and taken on petty businesses which drive them out of homes and exposing their children to all forms of abuses like defilement and rape.