One man ‘Julius Matovu’, a 32 years old businessman, caught on video in which he was kicking his wife like a football, has been charged with heightened torture and domestic violence.
He emerged before the Chief Magistrates Court in Nabweru and was remanded.
He dragged his wife all around, and non-stop he was hitting her head to the wall, then stomped and kicked her several times.
His wife, ‘Esther Nasaka’, who was 22 years old, has been cohabiting with the suspect for the last six years, and she left Matovu on February 20, 2022. The reason why she left him is that his behavior was very abusive and aggressive nature.
After her divorce, she started living with her mother at Kikubbamba zone, in Wakiso district.
Before two weeks back, Matovu called her ex-wife and went to her and picked her clothes and other belongings at Erisa zone in Kyebando, where they used to stay.
Matovu instead attacked and seriously assaulted her when she arrived at the location. The video has outraged many people, leading one social media user to confess that she had smashed her phone when she saw it.
According to the police spokesperson,’ Fred Enanga‘, during a statement, a video clearly indicates a typical pattern among domestic abusers, especially husbands, male partners and boyfriends.
He stated that the video clearly shows society’s mentality and how society has lost its sense of humanity, care, and respect for others.
According to Enanga, “Our team of police are more concerned because this type of incident happens daily, but most of them go unreported, because of the peer pressure on women, because they face pressure from family members and other members of society, for them to maintain the family unit and reconcile with her users.
He explained that some victims might not be ready to leave an abuser they share children with or rely on for financial support. In contrast, others fear the legal consequences of courts and are dissuaded from filing or pursuing their complaints further.
He then advised the victims that there is still life ahead after separation, and there is solid proof that indicates that they can recover from abuses in domestic settings if it is beyond repair.
In the end, he stated that “Tell somebody, if you are experiencing domestic violence, there are people who want to help you get out of it.”