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9-Year-Old Commits Suicide For Fear Of Punishment

9-Year-Old Commits Suicide For Fear Of Punishment

A 9-year-old committed suicide in Makyindye zone, Kangulumira Town Council Kayunga district on Tuesday. The 9-year-old primary three pupil took her life for fear of being punished.

Lamula Nandobya, 9, allegedly made her way into a neighbor’s home and picked charcoal without the permission of the neighbor.

Apparently, she did this with the intention of preparing breakfast. Nandobya was a student of Kangulumira CoU Primary School. She had stayed home due to the arts teachers who were on strike over a raise in their pay.

The district officer in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department, Mr Dusabe Innocent confirmed the incident. He revealed that the deceased indeed stole charcoal from Ms Salima Namuwoma to prepare tea for her family.

“When the neighbor found her stealing the charcoal, she (Salima) got infuriated and threatened to report her to her mother, Ms Fauza Kyebayenda, who had by that time gone to Amber Court in Jinja Town to sell fruits,” Mr. Dusabe said.

Following the threats to report Lamula to her mother, she felt startled and cried out begging for forgiveness. She later left the scene and entered their house like the matter had been resolved.

The elder sister to the deceased had stayed home too to watch over Lamula and their baby sibling. She followed Lamula into a room and found her attempting to take her life, and advised her against it. She then went out to attend to the baby who was outside crying.

“I never went back to the room and it was our mother, who upon returning home, asked for her whereabouts and I told her she was in that room. On checking the room. She found her dangling by the rope dead,” Rauma said.

Ms. Kyebayenda described her daughter as disciplined but wondered why she resorted to suicide.

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