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Mangochi Defilement Offences 20 Percent Up

Tepani Daudi Tepani Daudi - file photo

Sexual offences in Mangochi have increased by 20 percent in the past 6 months compared to the same time last year, according to police.

Mangochi Police Spokesperson, Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi, has told Zodiak Online Monday that despite the district registering a 16 percent decrease in overall crimes from January to June 2021, 48 cases of defilement were registered compared to 40 reported same time in 2020.

“According to our crime report, there has been a 16 percent decline in overall crimes from January to June 2021 as in the first six months of year 2020 a total of 1, 027 criminal cases were recorded while in 2021 the station has registered 886 cases,” said Tepani Daudi.

However, Tepani Daudi added: “Even though there is a decrease in crime in general, sexual offences have slightly gone up as in 2020 only 40 cases of defilement were registered compared to 48 which have been reported this year.”

She said the figures have increased despite efforts by the police and other stakeholders like social welfare, Yoneco and World Vision which are aimed at keeping the girl child safe from all kinds of abuse.

Meanwhile, Tepani Daudi said as police, they have noted with great concern that most of the perpetrators of defilement are close relatives, especially stepfathers.

On the other side, the district has also managed to reduce road accidents, as according to Tepani Daudi, in the period in question last year they registered 73 road accidents and 25 people were reported dead, while in 2021, 21 people lost their lives out of 64 road accidents.

She said apart from Traffic Police Day and night visibility, the introduction of community traffic wardens in the accident-prone areas has also played a bigger role in the reduction of road accidents.

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