4,998 GBV cases were reported countrywide during the first quarter of 2016, police says

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POLICE says 4,998 cases of Gender Based Violence have been reported

countrywide during the first quarter of 2016 compared to 4,615 cases

reported in the first quarter of 2015.

Police deputy spokesperson Rae Hamoonga in a statement stated that 703

cases of child defilement were also reported countrywide representing

14.1 per cent out of 4,998 cases reported in 2016

“There were 4,998 cases of Gender Based Violence reported countrywide

during the first quarter of 2016 compared to 4,615 cases Gender Based

Violence reported in the first quarter of 2015. This translates in an

increase of 383 cases giving a percentage of 7.7 per cent. 701 cases

were against girls while two cases were against boys. Lusaka Province

recorded the highest number of defilement cases with 365 representing

52 per cent while Copperbelt Province recorded 69, Central Province

recorded 55 cases while Western Province recorded the least cases of

defilement with nine cases,” Mr. Hamoonga stated.

“Further, the country recorded 13 murder cases out of which six

victims were women, six men, and one boy. Furthermore, a total of

1,567 cases of Assault OABH (occassioning bodily harm) were reported

representing 31.4 per cent and this translates to a 4.6 per cent

reduction of reported cases in 2015 first quarter which was 1,666. Out

of the reported 1,567 Assault AOBH cases in the first quarter of 2016,

1,136 were women victims while 431 were men victims. This means that

72.5 per cent were women victims and 27.5 per cent representing men

victims.”

Mr. Hamoonga stated that Lusaka Province recorded the highest number

of assault OABH cases with 340 in Lusaka, followed by Copperbelt with

294; Central Province recorded 292 cases while Southern Province

recorded the least number of Assault cases with 54.

“Three cases of human trafficking were also recorded out of which one

was female and two were girls. Other cases such as failing to provide

for necessities of life reported were 585 and neglecting to provide

recording 209 cases representing 11.7 per cent and 4.2 per cent of the

reported cases respectively. This entails a reduction in reported

cases of failing to provide for necessities of life with 3.3 per cent

and for neglecting to provide necessities registering reduction of 4.4

per cent,” he stated.

“There are 720 cases out of 4,998 reported cases that went to court

during the first quarter of 2016 and this represents 14.4 per cent of

the reported cases. Out of this figure, 113 resulted in conviction,

eight acquittals and 91 cases were withdrawn while 508 are still

pending in court. Further, 1,697 cases are pending and under

investigations at various Police Stations in the country while 2,581

cases were withdrawn from the Police Stations. The withdrawals came

about one count of insufficient evidence, withdrawals by the

complainants, false on inquiry and closed undetected.”

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