Police in Iganga district has arrested a 50-year-old man, Manisulu Masegere 50 years on allegations of defiling his own biological 9-year-old daughter.
Masegere, a resident of Bukonko Namundudi B confessed to having committed the crime with the juvenile he was staying with since separating with his wife (mother the victim) five years back.
According to Charles Twiine, the Criminal investigations directorate- CID spokesperson, the suspect is to be charged with aggravated defilement.
Statistics from the Ministry of Gender indicate that defilement cases have more than doubled in the last one year.
The ministry indicated that 200 fathers sexually abused their daughters in the 1,682 total defilement cases reported last year through a child helpline service.
Statistics also show that 175 complaints of defilement and sexual abuse were reported against immediate family members such as uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, grandparents, step-fathers and mothers.
However, many cases go unreported for fear of social stigma or embarrassment since many of the perpetrators are often family members or relatives.