representing 16.4% then Lusaka Province which recorded 336 cases representing 16%. Other Provinces are Copperbelt with 228 cases or 10.9%, Western, 199 cases which is 9.5%, North Western, 126 cases or 06%, Southern had 115 cases translating to
5.5%, Muchinga, 78 cases translating to 3.7%, Luapula and Tazara Divisions recorded 30 cases each translating to 1.4% while Northern Province recorded 26 cases or 1.2% and Airport Division recorded the lowest with 09 cases or 0.4% of the total reported Assault OABH cases.
During the same period under review, two cases of Human Trafficking were recorded in Luapula Province involving two females.
486 cases were for Failing to Provide Necessaries representing 7.9% of the total reported GBV cases while Neglecting to provide food etc., for children had 200 reports translating to 3.3%.
A comparison with the third quarter of 2017, 416 Defilement cases were reported compared to 664 in 2018 third quarter translating to an increase of 248 cases or 37.3%. There were 1,644 cases of Assault OABH in 2017, during the period under review compared to 2,094 in 2018 and this indicates an increase by 450 or 21.5%.
17 GBV related murder cases were reported in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 24 cases in third quarter of 2018 showing an increase by seven (07) cases translating to 29.2%.
The continued rise in cases of GBV may be attributed to many interventions put in place by the Police Victim Support Unit and other stake holders in combating the vice.
ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER