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Drop in reports of abuse

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE number of reported cases of crimes against women and children in the Eastern Division decreased for the first quarter of the year, however there has been an increase in the number of complaints against the police dealing with such issues.

In the first quarter of 2013, there were a total of 104 cases of crimes against women reported in the Eastern Division. The number was reduced to 60 for the same period of 2014.

A total of 48 cases of sexual offences against children were recorded between January and May of 2013. This number was also reduced in 2014 to 27.

Divisional police commander eastern Senior Superintendent of Police Jekope Lako said it was possible to put an end to violence against women in the division if they remained faithful to the law and not be biased.

SSP Lako said while numbers of crimes against women were falling, there were still a great number of reports against the conduct of police officers, especially when dealing with cases of violence against women.

He said this needed to stop and he was confident that this training would prepare officers to properly deal with such cases.


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