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Protect women, children, police urged

CHIPATA district commissioner Kalungu Zulu has implored the Zambia Police service to continue protecting women and children from all forms of abuse.
His comments come in wake of the continued escalating gender based violence cases where Eastern province recorded 1,231 cases in 2015 compared to 798 in 2014.
Speaking during the commemoration of the Police Service Day in Chipata recently, Mr Zulu expressed sadness that despite numerous GBV convictions, the scourge is still rampant.
“It is surprising that despite the convictions the police are making, the cases keep soaring high,” he said.
And speaking at the same function, provincial commissioner of police Alex Chilufya said of the 1,231 GBV cases recorded, 247 are defilements.
Mr Chilufya said about 241 GBV cases are still in court and during the period under review, 515 cases were withdrawn.
“On defilements, a total of 19 convictions were secured out of the 247, three were withdrawn and 134 are still pending in Court,” he said.