DR Congo records 25 percent drop in reported rape cases

The number of reported rape cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) courts dropped by 25 percent in 2015, an official source has said.


According to the figures that were released in Kinshasa on Monday, 2,414 rape cases were reported in civilian and military courts in 2015 against 3,065 cases in 2013.


The statistics showed that Kinshasa town had the highest number of rape cases reported in civilian courts.

On the other hand, North Kivu province had the highest number of rape cases reported in the military courts.

Rape cases attributed to soldiers dropped by 34 percent when compared to the figures of 2014.

“These statistics are real and I want to congratulate the military judicial authorities for handling the cases quickly,” DR Congo’s Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said.

The president’s personal representative in the fight against sexual violence Jeanine Mabunda was equally pleased with the publication of the findings, noting that it was necessary to come up with reliable figures on sexual violence.

“We are satisfied with this first step. We shall now proceed to resolve all judicial challenges with regards to ending sexual violence,” she promised. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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