3 years, over 800 sexual offence cases: Police

Over 800 cases concerning sexual offences have been reported to the National Capital District police in the past 3 years.

Statistics on the reported cases under the family and sexual violence (FSV) unit is concerning, says NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Perou N’Dranou.

N’Dranou said there were about 300 reported cases in 2015, 307 cases in 2016 and 261 reported cases in 2017.

The Met Sup noted that out of the total (868), only about 362 cases have been closed so far; 190 cases closed in 2015, 106 in 2016 and 66 cases closed in 2017.

N’Dranou attributed this to a number of factors, including manpower and facilities.

“However, there is no excuse for the outcome.”

He said some of the cases were never closed because survivors or complainants never followed up on them.

“This will need to be addressed seriously,” stated N’Dranou.

When queried on whether the outcome could also be a result of lack of proper policing, the police boss said it could be just speculations.

“These are also only speculations and must be reported by complainants,” stated N’Dranou.  

Imelda Wavik