Woman chops off husband’s genitals, take off with unspecified cash

Woman chops off husband’s genitals, take off with unspecified cash
A woman in Kamuli district allegedly "chopped off" her husband's genitals in a suspected case of domestic violence.

Kamuli, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Police in Kamuli District are searching for a woman accused of severing her husband’s genitals and fleeing with an unspecified amount of money from him.

The suspect, identified as Suzan Namuganza, resides in the Buzama zone of Kamuli Municipality.

According to Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North police spokesperson, the incident happened on Monday 10, June 2024 morning. The victim, Moses Kawubanya, received assistance from neighbors who took him to Kamuli Hospital, where he is currently receiving medical treatment for his severe injuries.

Kasadha indicated that the incident is suspected to be a case of domestic violence, and police are actively seeking the suspect to aid in the investigation.

This incident of Suzan Namuganza severing her husband’s genitals coincides with a heightened awareness campaign this month by activists focusing on men’s mental health and their protection against all forms of violence.

While domestic violence is often viewed as an issue predominantly affecting women, men are also victims of such violence, though cases are less frequently reported.

Domestic violence in Uganda

Domestic violence in Uganda remains a significant issue, affecting individuals regardless of gender. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), domestic violence is prevalent, with a notable number of men reporting instances of physical and emotional abuse.

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However, cultural stigmas and societal norms often discourage men from speaking out about their experiences, leading to underreporting and a lack of support for male victims.

Men’s mental health and protection

Activists and organizations in Uganda are increasingly focusing on men’s mental health, recognizing that men face unique challenges and pressures that can affect their psychological well-being.

The heightened awareness campaign this month is part of a broader effort to address these issues and promote mental health support for men.

Initiatives and support

Several initiatives aim to provide support and protection for men against all forms of violence. Organizations such as the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) and MenEngage Uganda work towards creating awareness and offering resources for men affected by domestic violence.

These groups emphasize the importance of breaking the silence and encouraging men to seek help without fear of stigma.

The case involving Suzan Namuganza and Moses Kawubanya underscores the urgent need for continued efforts to address domestic violence comprehensively.

By recognizing and addressing the mental health needs of men and providing robust support systems, Uganda can move towards a more inclusive approach to tackling domestic violence and ensuring the well-being of all its citizens.