PAKWACH. Police in Pakwach district has warned the community against forcing minors into sex and increased cases of drug abuse saying the acts are of capital nature and may attract death sentences if prosecuted.

During a community policing exercise at Alwi Sub county on Saturday, the district police commander Mr Frank Muzoora said cases of opium smoking is on rise among the youths resulting into committing of crimes like defilement ,neglects of family responsibilities and theft.

Muzora stated that with the pupils especially the ordinary level leavers and primary seven returning home for vacation, parents should keep a watch on them as they are targets to the barbaric vice.

He urged parents to desist from offering their teenage daughters to old men in the greed of wealth citing a recent murder of a three years child in Alwi Sub County which he attributed to laxity in parenting.

He warned that those involve in the illicit trade of opium when apprehended will be produced before courts and charged accordingly.

Mr Patrick Obedgiu, the village chairperson of Alwi Payungu faulted the police for slow response when emergencies arise and slow pace of investigations which make many to lose hope.

"At times when we call the police for a timely rescue, fuel is demanded for the patrol vehicle to come urgently, worst still, those arrested for big crimes walk out free annoying the community who tends to take the law into their hands", Obedgiu stated.

The DPC appealed to the community members to always be security conscious promising that he will punish lazy officers to redeem the image of the force.

He said community policing will be rolled out to all the sub counties of the district and intensified with radio talk shows.

Ms Cissy Canpara, the Pakwach district reproductive health officer said Victims of defilement in the district are suffering from trauma and stigma urging police to take punitive measures against perpetrators.

"The number of teenage pregnancy is overwhelming, it’s also worse for those who are giving birth, some of their uteruses rapture with some becoming anaemic because their bodies were not ready for that”, she said.

Pakwach district education department is challenged with teenage pregnancy and child marriages that have contributed to low attainment of education among girls of 15 to 19 years with at least 3 in every 10 of them having no education and 3 in every 10 having only primary level education.