Police in the Northern Region say they have registered a decrease in the number of defilement cases between the months of January and October this year as compared to the same period in 2013.
Northern Region Police spokesperson Maurice Chapola said in an interview the region registered 152 defilement cases from January to October in 2013 while this year the number has been reduced to 113 cases, representing a 26.6 per cent decrease.
He attributed the decrease to campaigns the police have been conducting to sensitise people to the dangers of the acts.
“It is not that people are no longer reporting cases of defilement to the police. Nowadays, people are advanced and they report each and every sexual offence to our offices.
“I feel the decrease in the cases this year is because of the efforts which police in the North have been making such as sensitising communities,” he said.
Chapola said apart from defilement, the region has also witnessed a decrease in rape cases.
Defilement cases are most common in the Northern Region, with Mzimba registering many cases of all other districts in the region, according to police statistics.
—Reporting by Yohane Chideya, Malawi News Agency