Police in Bududa District, Uganda are investigating an incident where a man allegedly chopped off his girlfriend’s hand for rejecting his marriage proposal, the Daily Monitor reports.
The suspect is said to have accosted the 16-year old on a path to her parents’ home at about 9pm last week and chopped off her left hand with a machete.
The victim, a Senior Two student, also sustained several injuries on other parts of the body.
She is admitted to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.
“He wanted to marry me but I declined because I am still interested in my studies. This did not go well with him. He became angry with me,” the victim told Daily Monitor on Friday.
The girl said she was in the company of her friend on the fateful day.
“After chopping off my hand, he took off, leaving me in a pool of blood. It is my friend who called my people and they took me to Bududa hospital where they referred me to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for better management.”
The victim accused police of arresting the suspect and later releasing him under unclear circumstances.
“I want police to re-arrest the suspect because I need justice. He should be arrested and prosecuted.”
The matter was reported to Bududa Central Police Station but the victim was given a police form 3, indicating a case of defilement instead of attempted murder.
Ms Juliet Khainza, the teenager’s mother, alleged that the suspect’s family compromised the police officers.
“My daughter has lost her hand and she is in pain. We don’t even have money for her specialised treatment,” Ms Khainza said.
However, Mr Jaffar Magyezi, the district police commander, said the suspect whom they had arrested did not commit the crime.
“We had arrested the wrong person but the prime suspect is still at large,”Mr Magyezi said.