A dad allegedly beat up then set fire to his daughter as revenge for her having converted to Christianity, according to reports.
Sheikh Hussein Byaruhanga Husain, a Muslim cleric from Uganda, allegedly used fuel from a jerry can to burn his daughter, while the family were celebrating Ramadan on May 4.
Rahema Kyomuhendo, 24, from the Mbarara District, West Uganda, is said to be recovering in Mbale Regional Referral Hospital after she was left with horrific burns across her legs, torso, neck and lower back.
A religious watchdog the Morning Star News said Rahema is likely to need treatment for a month.
A source told the news site she converted from Islam to the Catholic Church after listening to Christian broadcasts on the radio.
The alleged attack took place at her aunt’s house in Nawuyo Village, in the Mbale District.
That evening she had decided to phone a friend of her father’s who was a Roman Catholic to discuss the religion.
Speaking from her hospital bed: “She explained to me about Christ and the way of salvation, and I got convicted and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.
“As she was sharing Christ with me, I was so overjoyed, and my father heard my joy and woke up, came from his bedroom furiously, and started beating me up with blows, slaps and kicks.”
The pair had to stay longer due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
According to local reports, on the 11th day of the Islamic holiday Ramadan, Husain allegedly became enraged and told his sister he was going to “kill” his daughter because she had converted.
During the attack the aunt stepped in to protect her niece and rushed her to hospital in a taxi with the help of a neighbour.
In Uganda 84% of the population is Christian, while just 14% are Muslim, according to a 2014 census.