Ugandan woman bites off husband’s genitals in domestic dispute

Ugandan woman bites off husband’s genitals in domestic dispute
Police investigate a severe domestic dispute in Buikwe District where a woman reportedly bit off her husband's genitals.

Buikwe, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | In a shocking domestic altercation in Buikwe District, a woman has bitten off her husband’s genitals during a fight.

Kaira Ssentamu, a resident of Tongoro Village in Nyenga Division, was urgently taken to Maria Clinic with severe injuries to his genitals.

This incident follows closely on the heels of another similar case in Kamuli, where a woman severed her husband’s genitals during a domestic conflict.

Cyperiano Nzode, the Local Council 1 Chairman, reported that the altercation escalated to the point where the woman bit off Ssentamu’s genitals, seemingly in self-defense.

The police are currently investigating the incident.

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 Kaira Ssentamu 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.