Thu, 05 Oct 2023

LUSAKA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Zambia recorded an increase in gender-based violence cases in the second quarter of 2022, rising by 23.44 percent from the previous quarter, figures released by the police on Thursday revealed.

The southern African nation recorded 7,589 gender-based violence cases during the second quarter compared to 6,148 cases the previous quarter, according to figures released by the police through its Victim Support Unit.

In a statement, the police said out of the total cases recorded, 5,583 were criminal cases while 2,006 were non-criminal cases.

A total of 21 people died due to gender-based violence during the quarter, the statement added.

The figures have also shown that 1,910 children were victims of abuse during the second quarter of the year, representing 25.2 percent of all the victims of gender-based violence.

According to the figures, out of the 1,910 children abused, 1,393 were girls while 517 were boys.

"As Zambia police, we continue urging members of the public to keep on reporting gender-based violence cases to the police so that perpetrators are dealt with according to the provisions of the law," Rae Hamoonga, the Zambia Police Spokesperson said in the statement.

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