A 59-year-old woman was publicly flogged for having sexual relations with an 18-year-old man at the parish headquarters in Bwera, Uganda.
Dame Kedesi Katsigaire, a resident of Nyambirizi village, had previously been accused of being a sexual predator.
Ms Katsigaire was allegedly caught in the act by residents having sex with Godfrey Musyotoore in her home last Tuesday.
Local women had for some time suspected Ms. Katsigaire of sexually abusing their children.
“We wouldn’t mind if Ms Katsigaire practiced her questionable behavior with the old men. But when we look away [d’âge] between the two is abnormal,” said Jacenta Kamashengyero, social worker at Bwera parish.
“We had to enter because it degraded our dignity as women. When we entered the house of the suspects, we found the two in bed naked and they began to ask for forgiveness… we decided to take them to the parish where we found the whole community gathered,” he said. -she adds.
The village council headed by the president, Mr. Nathan Bigirwa, gave Mr. Musyotoore a stern warning and four strokes of the cane. The council also ordered a punishment of 10 strokes of the cane for Ms. Katsigaire.
“When we stopped the two, we looked at all the options. Community work and caning. Ms. Katsigaire chose caning and we decided to give her 10 strokes of the cane as a warning to other women [plus âgées] said Mr. Bigirwa.
Kyeizoba Sub-County Chairman Mr. Victor Taremwa said he was informed by the councilors about the incident. He defended the punishments meted out, saying they were necessary to instill dignity and good behavior in our people.
Bushenyi District Probation and Welfare Officer Ms Faith Amanya Batega said it is “all of us social responsibility” to address issues related to “violence against children and adolescents” .
The same message was echoed by the head of the Bushenyi district administration, Mr. Willy Bataringaya.
“When you look at it, it’s more of a moral issue than a legal one…people shouldn’t take the laws into their own hands though. Mrs. Katsigaire is said to have since disappeared from the village following her public discipline.