1 January 2013

Zambia: Parents Cautioned...take Care of Girl Children

A PAEDIATRICIAN at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has advised parents to take extra care of their girl children during the festive season because that is the time when high cases of sexual crimes are recorded.

Dr Larlic Banda has since called for an extensive research to determine the cause of continued increase in the cases of defilement and rape even after wide sensitisation programmes had been done.

The medical doctor said on a normal day, the hospital recorded a minimum of 10 cases per day but that on celebrity days the numbers are usually double or more.

He said the hospital recorded over 22 defilement and rape case cases during the last independence celebrations and that on Christ Mass and New Year, the number was likely to increase.

"We normally suspect that this is caused by the high alcohol intake by the culprits and are usually taken advantage of since their mothers are either out to church or with friends and children are left home alone," he said.

Dr Banda said the highest number of such cases was coming from Lusaka's Chawama Township, followed by Kanyama with Mtendere being third and that the common culprits were uncles, neighbours and cousins.

He said the numbers were high in the named areas because some of the children were being defiled by known people who would threaten them with death if they reported to anyone or the police.

Dr Banda also bemoaned the lack of HIV/AIDS testing on perpetrators because most of them go scot free or refuse to do so but continue to defile or rape the children saying there should be a mandatory testing on perpetrators.

"Perpetrators also increase numbers of HIV infections because they refuse to go for testing but meanwhile continue to defile minors, this should be made mandatory for all perpetrators to under-go the testing," he said.

He said records indicated that more girls were defiled than boys as for boys they were sexually abused through anal sex.

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