Police in Kween District, Sebei region have arrested 19 people in connection to practicing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Media houses reported early this week that over 100 women were forced to undergo FGM, which was outlawed by the government in 2010.
The Kween District Police Commander (DPC), Mr Denis Musinguzi, on Wednesday confirmed the Monday night arrests and said they are hunting for more suspects.
“We have arrested 19 people and we are still hunting for prime suspects, the mutilators, who are currently on the run,” he said.
The Sipi Region Police Spokesperson, Mr Rogers Taitika, said the arrests were made in Binyiny town council, Kwanyiny and Kaproron Sub-county.
Mr Taitika said unconfirmed reports they have indicate that more than 11 women have been subjected to the cut since the start of January.
“We have reinforced security to apprehend the suspects and bring an end to this banned vice, which is still cropping up due several reasons, including ignorance, peer pressure and superstition,” he said, adding that that they have opened a general inquiry file so that residents can provide information about the FGM incidents.
The government banned FGM in 2010, punishing a person convicted of the practice up to 10 years in jail among other sentences.
This has, however, not completely eliminated the vice, which commonly practiced in Sabiny region comprising of districts of Kween, Kapchorwa and Bukwo.