Domestic violence up in Arandis

19 Feb 2015 07:50am
ARANDIS, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – The continuous and escalating domestic violence experienced in Namibia is disturbing, and robs innocent children of their parental care.
This was the view of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations' Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa at the fourth swearing-in ceremony of Junior Councillors of the Arandis Town Council on Wednesday.
She said children are psychologically scarred after witnessing the killings of their parents.
“Imagine a three-year-old child witnessing his mother or father being killed. He or she will be traumatised for life.
We have a lot of children who became orphans as a result of domestic violence,” Kashuupulwa stated.
The commissioner thus urged Namibians to work together with the police in fighting domestic violence, and other crimes in general.
“If the public join forces with the police, criminals and crimes will not have a place in our society,” she advised.
Sharing the crime statistics of her region for the past three years, Kashuupulwa said there has been a significant increase.
From 2012 to 2014, the number of reported passion killing cases increased from three to four.
Rape increased from 40 to 60, while assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) rose from 63 in 2012 to 97 last year.
Common assault also increased from 79 in 2012 to 122 in 2014, while assault by threat was 42 in 2012, and increased to 104 in 2014.
The 25 Junior Councillors were sworn-in by town mayor Daniel Utapi Muhuura.
Ordinary Junior Council members are allocated areas to focus on such as education, health, local economic development, gender, safety and security, youth development, elders/pensioners’ affairs, sport, arts and culture, tourism and Small and Medium Enterprises’ (SME) development.
They are also expected to organise and participate in clean-up campaigns for their town.
Another task is the organising of the third Arandis Investment Conference, and the first-ever mining festival expected in the middle of this year.