Women advised to avoid walking alone

07 November 2019 | Crime

Police in Kavango East have expressed concern over the increase in the number of rape cases in the region, while urging women to protect themselves and avoid walking alone at night.

Crime investigations coordinator for the region, Deputy Commissioner Bonifasius Kanyetu, said on Monday sexual offences are on the rise, with seven rape cases registered with the police in the region during October.

“It is high time that people avoid moving around at night, because there are unfortunate ones who fall victim to criminals,” he advised.

Kanyetu urged women and girls to always be in the company of other people they know, when walking at night. He said every weekend there is a rape case reported, with most cases emanating from drinking holes. In its weekend crime report on Monday, the police said a 28-year-old woman was raped near a nightclub at around 04:00 on Saturday, after a suspect snatched her phone and ran away.

“She followed him to get her phone back, he grabbed her and forcefully undressed her, then had sexual intercourse with her without her consent,” the report said.

No arrests were made and police investigations continue.

In another incident, a 20-year-old woman was grabbed by two male suspects, who pulled her in the nearby bushes and raped her.

The suspects are allegedly known to the victim, but no arrests have been made.

Police investigations continue.