The Annual Crime Police report 2020 has shown an increment in cases of defilement against children. According to the report, a total of 14,134 cases of Defilements were reported to Police compared to 13,613 cases reported in 2019, giving an increase of 3.8%. Of the cases of Defilement reported in 2020, 10,413 were defilement while 3,721 were Aggravated Defilement. Releasing the report today, police chief Okoth Ochola said East Kyoga registered the highest number of cases of defilement, followed by Greater Masaka, Albertine and Elgon, respectively. In the central region, Katwe Division registered the highest number of defilement cases in 2020, followed by Kamuli District, Mbale and Buyende. The regions that registered the lowest number of defilement cases in 2020 include CID Headquarters with 08 cases, Kidepo with 139 cases, Rwenzori East with 161 cases, Kiira with 162 cases, Mt. Moroto with 188 cases and Greater Bushenyi with 258 cases. The report also shows that Kitagwenda district did not register any cases of defilement in the year 2020. According to the report, 301 children were defiled by suspects who are HIV positive, followed by 125 children with disability, 120 children defiled by biological parents, among others. Defilement is unlawful sexual intercourse with a person below the age of eighteen years, and the guilty party on conviction is liable to life imprisonment under Section 129 of the Penal Code Act.

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