By Lumbiwe Mwanza
The Zambia police have recorded a six percent reduction in the number of Gender-Based Violence cases during the first quarter of 2019.
There were 5,584 Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases reported countrywide during the first quarter of 2019 in comparison with the first quarter of 2018 which recorded 5,940 cases country-wide representing a decrease of 356 cases.
Lusaka province recorded the highest number of child defilement cases with 225 translating to 45.5 percent of the child defilement cases reported countrywide followed by Southern Province with 67 translating to 13.5 percent, Eastern Province had 52 cases translating to 10.5 percent while Central Province recorded 51 cases translating to 10 percent.
The country recorded 15 GBV related murder cases out of which 8 victims were females translating to 53.3%, 3 males representing 20% and 4 boys translating to 27%.
A comparison with 2018 first quarter statistics which had 21 GBV related murder cases indicates a reduction of 6 cases representing a 28.6% reduction.
According To Zambia Police Deputy Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga, there is a general reduction in most cases although not substantial however cases against women and girls are still very high.