Widow Caned for Resisting Inheritance by Late Husbands Brother

1935 Views Apac, Uganda

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Her punishment was reportedly sanctioned by George Opimo, the head of Atek Okwer Ibuu clan following a meeting that convicted her of disrespect. Opimo says the move is in line with customary laws which require women to submit to being inherited by relatives if they wish to remain part of the family.

Lilly Akao, a mother of five in Apac district is nursing injuries after grave canning by her late husband's clan for resisting widow inheritance.

Akao, 40, a resident of Ayera cell, Apac Sub County whose husband Vincent Ebuu died about 15 years ago, was attacked by the clan guards following her decision to refusing to be inherited by her late husband's brother.

Her punishment was reportedly sanctioned by George Opimo, the head of Atek Okwer Ibuu clan following a meeting that convicted her of disrespect. Opimo says the move is in line with customary laws which require women to submit to being inherited by relatives if they wish to remain part of the family.

Medical documents from Apac Hospital, seen by Uganda Radio Network, indicate that the beaten widow is treating chest pain and knee dislocation.

Michael Odur, the officer in charge of the Child and Family protection unit at Apac CPS says the matter is being investigated.

However, Daniel Odongo, a lawyer at Achan and Co. advocate condemns the practice saying that such norms contradict the Ugandan constitution. Odongo says once a marriage is dissolved by death, a widow is at liberty to be married to a man of her choice.