Mother Burns Daughter's Hands for Theft

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A 34 year old mother in Tororo has been arrested for setting alight her 12-year-old daughter's hands after she was accused by a neighbour of theft. The mother says she wanted to teach her daughter a lesson against theft.

Police in Tororo are holding a mother for allegedly torturing her 12 year daughter on Sunday night.
 
The 34 year old woman was arrested on Tuesday after police was informed by concerned residents the mother had burned her daughter's hands for theft.
 
Agnes Nyapendi, a resident of Amagoro ‘A’ central village Eastern Division, Tororo, decided to severely punish her daughter after a neighbour alleged she had stolen some matooke.
 
Nyapendi tied her daughter's hands together, poured paraffin on them and lit a match.
 
The acting officer in-charge of the child and family protection department Malaba police region Sofia Nambala said police was informed after neighbours heard the girl screaming in pain. The matter was however brought to police attention after a day.  
 
Nambala said that while Nyapendi was arrested for assault, investigations were still going on to establish the motive for her action.
 
She said if investigations conclusively proved Nyapendi had burnt her daughter, she would also face child abuse charges.
 
Although Nyapendi appeared remorseful, Nambala said the law would have to take its course and punish her in turn.
 
The girl’s paternal grandmother Elizabeth Nyapendi further accused her daughter-in-law of denying her children a chance to go to school. The grandmother said that although the nearest educational institution Amagoro Primary school is just 500 meters away from their home, Nyapendi's children did not go to school because she had forbade them.