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Girl, 8, arrested for 'lesbianism' in Uganda

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl was allegedly arrested for 'lesbianism’ in Uganda after a neighbour claimed to have witnessed her engaging in sexual acts with other girls.

Catherine Wobuyaga, officer at Jinja Police Child Family Protection unit, in the eastern region, confirmed the girl had been arrested, the Gay Star News reports.

The neighbour claimed the young girl "lured" other girls to a nearby farm, where she enacted “various sex acts with her fingers”.

When questioned in custody, the girl said that she had played in a similar fashion with other girls in her school toilet.

As the girl is a minor, she cannot be named for legal reasons.

The arrest has received condemnation from International Human Rights Activists.

Victor Odero, Amnesty International’s East Africa Campaigner told The Independent: “The girl should be immediately and unconditionally released if she is still in detention. What she needs is protection and respect for her privacy, rather than being treated as a criminal. The state’s responsibility here is to protect the child’s welfare, not to arrest her.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda.

In February 2014, the laws were extended further so that not only is homosexuality a criminal offence, but “promoting” homosexuality or knowing someone had “committed” a homosexual act and failing to report it to the police is also against the law.

Signing the bill into law, President Yoweri Museveni said: “No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature. That’s why I have agreed to sign the bill.”

LGBT relationships are illegal in 74 countries around the world, including in 12 countries where they are punishable by death.

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