POLICE have recorded an increase of 383 cases of gender-based violence from a total of 4,615 in the first quarter of last year to 4,998 cases in the same period this year, Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has confirmed.
He said a total of 703 cases of child defilement were reported countrywide out of 4,998 cases reported this year.
Mr Hamoonga said 701 cases were against girls while two cases were against boys.
He also confirmed that Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of defilement cases with 365 while Copperbelt Province recorded 69.
Mr Hamoonga said Central Province recorded 55 cases while Western Province recorded the least cases of defilement with only nine.
He said Zambia recorded 13 murder cases out of which six victims were women, six men and one boy.
Mr Hamoonga further said a total of 1,567 cases of assault were reported about 4.6 percent less than in 2015 first quarter which was 1,666.
Mr Hamoonga said out of the reported 1,567 assault cases in the first quarter of 2016, 1,136 were female victims while 431 were male victims.
Lusaka Province has recorded the highest number of assault cases with 340, followed by Copperbelt with 294 while Central Province recorded 292 cases with Southern Province being the least with 54.
He added that three cases of human trafficking were also recorded out of which one was female while two were girls.