Don't settle rape cases privately- Minister

Don't settle rape cases privately- Minister
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By Kiberu Siraje

In a stern warning, State Minister for Gender, Peace Mutuzo, cautions parents against settling rape cases outside of court, emphasizing the importance of pursuing legal avenues for child abuse cases.

Mutuzo highlights the detrimental impact of accepting compensation, urging parents to prioritize justice over financial settlements.

During the launch of the integrated 611 Sauti helpline, State Minister Peace Mutuzo underscored the need for parents to resist the temptation of settling rape cases privately.

Mutuzo expressed concern that many parents are offered meagre sums to bury such cases, ultimately denying the victims access to justice.

"There's no amount of compensation that can adequately cater for the lives of the children. We urge parents to seek legal redress when cases of child abuse are reported," emphasized Minister Mutuzo.

As part of the government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence, the integrated 611 Sauti helpline has been launched to focus on violations against children.

Sarah Mateke, State Minister for Youth Affairs, and John Mugisha, National Coordinator of Sauti, highlighted the importance of this helpline as an integral part of the ongoing efforts to combat gender-based violence.

However, despite these initiatives, there are reports of frustration from individuals seeking justice in courts of law.

The challenges faced by those pursuing legal redress indicate a need for further improvements in the justice system to ensure timely investigations and resolutions.

Minister Mutuzo utilized the occasion to issue a warning to investigating officers, urging them to prioritize timely investigations to accord justice to the victims.

The helpline aims to streamline the reporting process for gender-based violence, providing a crucial avenue for individuals to seek assistance and report cases promptly.

The launch of the integrated 611 Sauti helpline marks a significant step in the government's commitment to combatting gender-based violence and ensuring that child abuse cases are handled with the urgency and gravity they deserve.

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