Mukono, Uganda: Last friday, Mukono Chief Magistrates Court has charges an investor attached to Steema Industries in Namanve at Wakiso District with rape of a girl said to be a job seeker.
Singh Sher Shekhawat, an Indian national and a resident of Naalya, Kira Municipality in Wakiso District, was accused of raping a woman (name withheld) who had allegedly visited the factory in search of a job on February 13.
He faces charges of rape, contrary to Section 123 and 124 of the Penal Code Act, 1950.
“Sher Singh Shekhawat on February 13, 2023, at Steema industries- Namanve- Goma Sub County in Mukono District, had unlawful carnal knowledge with a woman… without her consent,” read in part the charge sheet presented before Grade One Magistrate Maureen Mukoya.
Rape being a capital offence, Singh was not allowed to plead to the charges, before he was remanded to Kauga Prison.
The investor, if convicted, may face a maximum sentence of death by hanging.
Article 123 of the Penal Code Act, 1950 states: ‘‘any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman or girl, without her consent, or with her consent, if the consent is obtained by force or by means of threats or intimidation of any kind or by fear of bodily harm, or by means of false representations as to the nature of the act, or in the case of a married woman, by personating her husband, commits the felony termed rape.