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8-year-old Arrested in Uganda for Alleged ‘Lesbianism’

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Uganda Police BellaNaijaAn 8-year-old girl has been arrested for ‘lesbianism’ in Uganda, Gay Star News reports.

The girl is understood to be in police custody after her neighbour reported her to the police for engaging in ‘romantic relationships’ with other girls.

The neighbour had said that the girl “repeatedly lured her friends to a farm near her house, where the girls would engage in inappropriate behavior with one another”. The report added that the neighbour watched as the girls tried out ‘various sex acts using her fingers’.

Gay Star News reports that Catherine Wobuyaga, officer at Jinja Police Child Family Protection unit, in the eastern region, confirmed the girl had been arrested.

The report added that upon questioning, the girl said that she had played in similar fashion with other girls in her school toilet.

The arrest has received condemnation from International Human Rights Activists.

Victor Odero, Amnesty International’s East Africa Campaigner told The Independent:

The girl should be immediately and unconditionally released if she is still in detention. What she needs is protection and respect for her privacy, rather than being treated as a criminal. The state’s responsibility here is to protect the child’s welfare, not to arresther.

Police say they are investigating claims that someone could have trained the girl and instructed her to pass on the knowledge to the other girls.

Wobuyaga called on parents watch out for adults who coerce underage children into ‘illicit relationships’.

Both male and female homosexuality is illegal in Uganda.

18 Comments

  1. lady

    September 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    An 8yr old? arrested? This child needs to be flogged by her parents and that’s it! how will you arrest an 8yr old? all part of growing up.

    • Tosin

      September 6, 2016 at 7:52 am

      flogged for what o? Africans, don’t we want to move forward? Why so brutal. Flog. YOU should be flogged, since you think it’s so wonderful.

    • True true

      September 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Shut up and move ahead. It’s wrong for parents to flog their child when they do wrong but teachers can? GTFOH. We do discipline our children. Whether or not u are ok with lesbianism, the child is simply too young to be doing any sexual stuff so yes. Spare the rod and spoil the child

    • Xoxo

      September 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Did you say flogged??? Lol. I’m all for spare the rod and spoil the child but do you honestly believe that homosexuality can flogged out of a person? Please wake up. This girl needs love, rehabilitation,therapy and most of all intervention from God if her parents believe in God. Please don’t talk about flogging in this case. It won’t work.

  2. Darius

    September 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    This is ridiculous. I pray this news doesn’t get out of Africa. It’s so embarrassing. Ooops! Amnesty International has issued a statement; it’s out already. She needs help, not detention.

  3. Leah

    September 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I am glad! All this means is that all murderers, rapists, thieves, corrupt politicians etc are all behind bars. It means that they have great schools, hospitals, roads, electricity, water etc. Now the Government can now focus their attention on what’s really important, which is protecting society from 8 year old little girls. Perfect! By the the time you now it, that little girl will be violated in custody by disgusting old men. When is comes to the lowest, Uganda actually has to dig up to get to the bottom.

  4. Ethio

    September 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    when you arrest an 8year old for being lesbian, it shows how wise, honorable and commited you are towards redeeming the societies drastically declining morals.

    • Darius

      September 5, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      She needs to be rehabilitated She could be a victim of sexual abuse. We shouldn’t demonize this child and praise the Ugandan police for arresting her. She needs rehabilitation.

    • Tosin

      September 6, 2016 at 7:53 am

      rehabilitated for what? what did she do? what in the world is the crime of lesbianism for the love of God, if not among stupid goats?

  5. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    September 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    8yr old??? Is she not too young to be engaged in sexual activities. #TeamVirgin #TeamHusbandMaterial

  6. Janeee

    September 5, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Kilode! She’s just 8 years old! Leave the disciplining to her parents

  7. Tipele Habib

    September 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    The police were right to arrest the girl. It is a law that uganda does not tolerate sex of persons of the same sexes. Let the police continue with their work, this will serve as warning to those who are not yet caught in the act. What the HRC officials are saying is misleading the young generation

    • Corolla

      September 6, 2016 at 1:32 am

      You are really senseless! You support the arrest of an 8 year old?! Are you okay? This child maybe molested in jail by nasty old men! What this child needs is counselling, and while what she did might be wrong, many kids experimented at that age and turned out well.

    • Tosin

      September 6, 2016 at 7:55 am

      counselling is more like it.
      something along the lines of: hey, young child, people are particular about privacy, so don’t go peeking at other children’s peepee area or whatever. give her a biology book, explain things to her. that’s all.

      I’m actually tired.

  8. Selapi

    September 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

    LOL. At this age kids are mischievous. Not proud of it but i did engage in some near sexual acts with other girls at that age. Out of curiosity. No i am not lesbian and im still a virgin at 26. If anybody had found out I will prolly be dead by now. Lots of kids in that age group do it. This is the importance of talking sex with your kids. I didnt know better and once i did i stopped. The girl needs to be taught and guided. How do you arrest an 8 year old??

  9. Nene

    September 6, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Kids these days. Parents need to tighten their belts and train their children. An 8 year old of today knows more than a 20 year old in 1980.

  10. Prince

    September 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Arrest an 8year old. Is it that we dont watch TV and see how things are done abroad. What’s wrong with this people.

  11. tunmi

    September 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Is it curiousity or acting out previous sexual abuse?

    This line here is just so important “Wobuyaga called on parents watch out for adults who coerce underage children into ‘illicit relationships’.” They put the responsibility on parents to watch out for adults who should know better. If it was Naija, the onus would be on the victim, the child.

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