Police in Bugiri District are investigating circumstances under which an 11-year-old girl took her own life after she was reportedly forced to act as a scarecrow and watch over the family’s rice field.
Amina Nakyema, a primary four pupil of Nabukalu Primary School and a resident of Namundolela Village, Nabukalu Town Council in Bugiri District, was on Wednesday found hanging on a mango tree by farmers who were heading to their rice gardens.
It is unclear who allegedly forced the deceased to watch over the rice field, but according to residents, she was staying with her elder sister identified as Mariam Nakyema.
Ms Nakyema, who later recorded a statement at Nabukalu Police Post, told detectives that on that fateful day, she headed to the rice field with the deceased but returned home to prepare breakfast.
“I was shocked to receive a phone call from one of my neighbours, notifying me that Amina had hanged herself. I could not believe it until I got to the scene,” she told detectives.
She added that the deceased had earlier threatened to commit suicide after she was told to collect water from the borehole and that she took it as a joke and remained unfazed.
Mr Geoffrey Kakaire, the Nabukalu Sub-county LC3 chairman, called for urgent government intervention warning that children have been married off during the lockdown while some have developed suicidal thoughts.