Seven arrested over caning Muslim girl for going to church in viral video

Kibuku, (UG):- Authorities in eastern Uganda’s Kibuku District have arrested at least seven individuals over the assault on 19-year-old Nakirya Shakira, reportedly carried out by her uncles in a viral video circulating on social media.

The incident took place on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the home of Late Hajji Kosi in Bugolya Cell, Nabunyere Ward, Kadama Town Council, along the Kadama Idudi road in Kibuku district.

Following the incident, Pastor Nicholas Kitwa, reported the case to the Kadama Police Station (SD Ref. 13/22/4/2024), before the video recording of the assault subsequently went viral on various social media platforms.

Preliminary reports indicate that Shakira was reportedly targeted by her uncles against her decision to attend church, despite the family being of Muslim faith.

The victim is alleged to have been experiencing disturbances, which led the family to seek help from a shrine, but with no success. Upon a friend’s recommendation, Shakira decided to seek spiritual assistance from the Saved Community (Balokole) church.

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Upon learning of Shakira’s visit to the church, her uncles reported the matter to her mother, who was abroad in Saudi Arabia. In response, Shakira’s mother instructed that she be punished with a severe beating.

The arrests were made under the leadership of RDC Samuel Musiho, who was reportedly attacked by one of the arrested individuals using a metal bar.

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This story highlights the importance of religious tolerance and respect for individual beliefs. It also underscores the need for protection and support for victims of such violence.

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