The injustice in the case of Sharma Kooky

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Posted October 22, 2012 from Uganda

In 2000 Sharma Kooky and hi brother were sentenced to death by the High Court of Uganda for killing his wife. Sharma claimed that his wife was having an affairs with the houseboy. She was beaten badly and electrocuted until she eventually passed away. The Indian community tried to cover the whole murder but the Ugandan police managed to intervene and have him and his brother arrested for the murder.

After spending only 12 years in Luzira prison the president pardoned him on humanitarian grounds. This raises so many questions. I still do not feel that this innocent woman who was killed received justice. I am not for the death penalty but i believe he should have a received a much more harsh punishment for taking a way an innocent life.

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Charlene Phung
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012

Thank you for sharing this with this community. It makes me so angry to hear about this kind of injustice. It is far too common a story, a man decides that his wife/sister/daughter are behaving in an inappropriate way and decide to punish them. Almost always, the woman has done nothing wrong and they are severely beaten or killed. It is as women are less than human, their life is not valued. We must collectively take a stand and ensure that this does not continue to happen. By writing about this we continue to bring this to light and talk about it. We must do something.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 07, 2012

Dear Charlene, Thank you for your encouragement. For sure we need to stand up for these women. I have realized that the stories that come out are not half of the violence women face especailly in the rural areas. Thank you for the support and we shall surely continue with the struggle against violence.

Nicole.Staudinger
Nov 06, 2012
Nov 06, 2012

Dear Anita,

I completely agree. The inequality in present day society is frustrating and makes it challenging to maintain hope. However, women such as yourself give voice to the struggle. You and the other women on this network are the proof that solidarity exists. The fight is gaining momentum, and the more transparency there is, the more awareness that is generated, the stronger the movement will become. Thank you for sharing your voice. Keep protesting, and we can make change happen.

Sincerely, Nicole

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 07, 2012

Dear Nicole, Thank you so much for your encouragement. It is because of sisters like you on the network that give us the strength to face each day as it comes with its challenges. We can only be strong once we have overcome these challenges. Stay blessed m y sister.

Hannah Cynthia
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 07, 2012

Dear Nicole, I was so saddened to read about how this women died. You are right, it was a heinous crime and the offender should be justly punished. By pardoning the man on grounds of humanitarianism the government sends a message that his actions are minor and excusable when, in fact, this is not the case. This is not an appropriate response to a murder such as this and I am sorry to hear about this tragedy.

Thank you for writing about this difficult topic.

Hannah

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 07, 2012

Thank you Cynthia for your concern. It is annoying that people can actually commit these crimes and eventually get away with it. You can imagine what the children are going through having witnessed the death of their mother. We have to be more vigilant as women to ensure that such perpetrators are dealt with under the law.

amirchima
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 12, 2012

Hi Anita,

Thank you for posting. It's really sad to read about these situations. On one had, it creates another example where women live in fear, and men feel more empowered. Both are unhealthy and need to be addressed. I feel strongly in tipping points. Eventually, with enough voices and stories, enough awareness will translate into meaningful action to reverse the course of this imbalance.

Standing with you in this need for change!

Amir

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 12, 2012

Thank you Amir for your support. We have to be more aggressive in the way we handle these issues because they are many more cases that have not come up and these women need us to shout for them so that they are more protected. Stay blessed