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A house maid in Uganda severely tortured a one and a half year old child in Uganda not knowing that the parents had placed a CTV camera in the house.

The maid, identified as Jolly Tumuhiirwe beat up the baby and later kicked and stood on her. The video went viral, over two million people have reportedly watched it. She has since been arrested and remanded.

UNICEF has condemned the actions of the maid recorded brutally beating the infant in Uganda.

“The video of this baby being beaten is shocking,” said Aida Girma, UNICEF Uganda’s Representative. “Any such act of abuse and violence against children is completely unacceptable and a violation of every child’s fundamental right to be protected.”

Around 3.5 million children between the ages of 6-17– 32% of all 6-17 year old- currently experience physical violence in Uganda today.

According to the International Committee on the Rights of the Child, physical violence is a form of “any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light. Mostly this involves hitting (“smacking”, “slapping”, “spanking”) children, with the hand or with an implement like a whip, stick, belt, shoe, or wooden spoon. It can also involve, for example, kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears, caning, forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scalding, or forced ingestion.”

UNICEF is calling for immediate action to be taken to prevent and respond to all current and future cases of violence against children in Uganda, particularly for the Children’s Amendment Act to be urgently passed.

“No child deserves to be hurt or mistreated in any way. We call on government and all Ugandans to once and for all put an end to the atrocious violence too many children in Uganda continue to experience,” Girma emphasized.

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