Time to pass the Sexual Offences Bill
Posted Sunday, October 27 2013 at 01:00
Recently, we were all shocked by the manner in which a girl from Kanyanya in Kawempe Division, Kampala was raped and strangled to death by some criminals. We recently paid a visit to a five-year-old girl undergoing an operation at the national referral hospital after she was defiled by her step dad in Isingiro District.
Now the country is grappling with how to handle the Pakstani ‘investors’ accused of gang-raping and sodomising a 23-year-old woman. Everyday in the dailies, there are reports of defilement and rape.
The course of events indicates that the trend is not about to change. So we only have to prepare our criminal systems to handle the cases as they come.
Many people, including Parliamentarians, may not be aware that there is currently a Bill called Sexual Offences Bill whose objectives are to; consolidate laws relating to sexual offences, combat sexual violence, provide for the punishment of perpetrators of sexual offences, provide for procedural and evidential requirements during trial of sexual offences and related matters.
Part II – on sexual offences provides for aggravated rape, part III is about sexual offences against children, part IV covers special powers of court and jurisdiction.
Section IV on aggravated rape states:
1. A person commits the offence of aggravated rape where-
a) the offender is infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS
b) the offender is infected with a sexually transmitted disease;
c) the offender is a serial offender;
d) the victim suffers disability
e) gang rape occurs.
f) A person who being in a position of trust takes advantage of his or her position and induces or seduces a person in their care to have sexual intercourse with him or her.
3) A person who commits the offence of aggravated rape is liable on conviction to life imprisonment.
4) Where a person is charged with an offence under this section that person shall undergo
This Bill has been around for some time now and it is high time it was passed into law so that victims of sexual offences can easily access justice. Let Members of Parliament, Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, other relevant ministries and agencies channel their passion against sexual offences into passing this protective law. It is good for every one.