ROUGHLY half of all the rape cases registered with the Namibian Police are perpetrated against defenceless minor children and the rising number of young victims is a cause of great concern for law enforcement authorities.
According to statistics released by the head of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, the number of minor victims has risen sharply during the months of July and August.
At the same time Deputy Commissioner Kanguatjivi urged all parents, guardians and the general public to be more protective and vigilant when children are in their care to prevent them from falling victim to sexual predators.
“The Namibian Police Force has noted an upward trend in rape cases involving minor victims,” Deputy Commissioner Kanguatjivi said in a statement.
He indicated that in the week from 11 to 18 July 2019, 13 cases of rape were reported to the Namibian Police and five of those cases were perpetrated against minor victims. Seven suspects were arrested and these cases were registered Oshana, Omusati, Otjozondjupa and Kavango West Regions.
During the last week of July ten cases of rape, of which four involved minors, were recorded in the Erongo, Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati, Omaheke and //Karas Regions. In this regard a total number of four suspects were arrested.
During the period 05-11 August 2019, 17 cases of rape, of which nine were perpetrated against minors, were reported in the Erongo, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Zambezi Regions. Six people were arrested in connection with these cases of rape.
According to the statistics 17 cases of rape were reported from 18 to 24 August 2019 and of those just cases eight of the victims were minors. These cases were registered in the Erongo, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Omusati and Omaheke Regions and all the suspects involved were arrested.
“We hereby appeal to all parents and the public at large to be vigilant when looking after minors as this will prevent their young children from becoming victims. Let us keep a watchful eye on our minor children,” Deputy Commissioner Kanguatjivi said.