Was it wise to bring suspects with open, rotting wounds to court? - Daily Monitor

Was it wise to bring suspects with open, rotting wounds to court?

Friday December 16 2016

Some of the suspects had injuries sustained

Some of the suspects had injuries sustained during the Kasese clashes 

Tears rolled down my eyes as I watched victims of the Kasese clashes appear before court. Most of them were reported to be in dire physical and health state with smelly, rotting and open wounds.
My interpretation of Article 24 of the 1995 Constitution is to the effect that no person shall be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Have these suspects been given medical treatment? Parading them before court with smelly, rotting and open wounds is cruel, inhuman and degrading. These are our brothers and sisters.
Even though they allegedly participated in criminal activity, they should not be condemned to inhuman treatment.
It is also important to note that these suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty or until they plead guilty.
Have we become so heartless and indifferent that the pain and torture that threaten human existence do not affect us?
Ivan Twinoweitu,
Teacher, Gayaza High School.

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