The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Ohangwena Region recorded 755 gender-based violence (GBV) cases between January 2020 and February 2021.
Commander of Ohangwena NamPol, Commissioner Elizabeth Sibolile said this whilst speaking during a belated commemoration of International Women’s Day at Eenhana on Saturday.
Although GBV is experienced throughout Namibia, Sibolile stressed that it is a concern in Ohangwena.
She pointed out that cases such as murder, rape, human trafficking, assault by threat and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm have also become a problem in the region.
Out of the 755 cases reported, 202 are for rape, two human trafficking and 541 are cases ranging from grievous bodily harm, assault by threat, common assault and attempted murder, to attempted rape, arson and malicious damage to property.
‘The police have managed to arrest and bring before court 493 suspects,’ she said, adding that in 95 per cent of the reported cases, women and girls are victims.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)