Nineteen people are in police custody in the eastern Uganda district of Kween district for their alleged involvement in the banned Female Genital Mutilation-FGM. The Sippi Region Police Spokesperson, Rogers Taitika, says the suspects were picked up in a police operation that started in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
Among the suspects is 50-year-old Iren Cherop, a resident of Kaptum in Kaptum Sub County, a senior mentor for the FGM candidates. According to Taitika, the suspects were picked up from Tinyiny, Kapronon and Kosir town councils.
Police has since opened a general inquiry file vide FGS 001/20/19 at Kween police station. Uganda outlawed FGM in 2010. Anyone found guilty of their involvement in the practice faces up to 10 years in prison. If the cut results in death, disability or infection with HIV/Aids, the punishment is life imprisonment.
Anyone who provides aid or takes part in the practice in any way is liable, upon conviction, to a prison term of up to five years. Edward Sikoria Komu, the Assistant Town Clerk Binyiny Town council in Kween district, says those doing FGM do it both during the day and night.
He says the FGM is done voluntarily, adding that about 400 girls have been cut since 2018.