ZAMBIA recorded 2,363 defilement cases which were reported countrywide. The figures translate to 12.8% of the reported cases. Out of the total number, 2,344 were girl victims and 19 were boys.
Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo has told Mwebantu and says 852 cases were taken to court with 223 convictions, 33 acquittals, and 575 are still pending in various courts of law countrywide.
She says the remaining 1,434 cases are still under investigation at various Police Stations.
Katongo has disclosed that Lusaka Province recorded a highest number of defilement cases with 1,064 followed by Central Province with 274; and Eastern Province with 264 cases while Copperbelt recorded 243.
She has further disclosed that the lowest 59 cases were recorded in Luapula.
This is against the 2,759 cases of defilement which were recorded countrywide in 2015.
The 2015 statistics indicate that 2,752 victims of defilement were girls while seven were boys.
“A comparison with 2016 statistics shows a reduction by 396 cases translating to 15% reduction,” says Katongo.