Teachers who reportedly took images of breastfeeding girls in classes and published them on social media are being sought by the Police Cyber Unit and the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ (MIA) anti-human trafficking unit.
Since schools reopened on January 10th, 2022, after being closed for several months to combat the spread of COVID-19, some photographs of girls breastfeeding or pregnant have been circulating on social media.
Despite the fact that some of these photos have been photo-shopped, Agnes Igoye, the deputy coordinator of the anti-human trafficking department, claims that some of them are authentic and that they were taken by teachers and subsequently disseminated on various social media platforms.
Igoye claims that they have come forward to work with the police after observing an uptick in attacks on girls who have dared to return to school after giving birth.
“It’s even worse if you’re a teacher.” There is a trail if you receive the picture and also forward it. All investigating officers are urged to track down the sources of these images. If you find your child’s picture being spread, please contact the police. It’s a direct hit on the female child. “We don’t see males who are responsible for getting the girls pregnant having their images shared,” adds Igoye.
In 2020, the first year of Uganda’s COVID-19 lockdown on educational institutions, it is predicted that 354,736 females were impregnated. According to the ministry of women, labor, and social development, 196,499 more girls had been defiled and impregnated by the end of June last year.
The Ministry of Education and Sports instructed schools to enable all pregnant and breastfeeding girls to return to class. It’s thought that the photos of pregnant or breastfeeding girls published on social media were obtained from upcountry schools.
Igoye notes that seeing photographs of pregnant females breastfeeding in classes or on school grounds torments them, and they may eventually drop out of school.
The Police Cyber Unit has been assigned to work hand in hand with the Anti-Human Trafficking Department to guarantee that anyone spreading such images are caught, in the hopes of putting an end to an act that Igoye claims is discouraging and mocking females.
The investigations have already been taken over by the Cyber Police Unit at CID headquarters. Even if it is the teachers who are capturing and sharing such photos, police have promised that they would not be spared.