There is a long way to go in protecting children in Malawi if the reports from the lake district of Mangochi are to go by.
Fifty children have suffered sexual abuse in Mangochi this year alone.
According to a report released by Mangochi Police through its public relations officer Amina Tepani Daudi, reported cases of defilement have risen in the district from 30 in the first half of 2016 to 50 during the same period this year.
Daudi said there has also been an increase in sexual abuse in general.
However, Daudi said there has been a 10 percent decrease in reported cases of crime in the district in the first half of 2017 when compared with the same period last year.
“In the year of 2016 we registered 1795 cases against 1142 recorded this year,” she said.
She attributed the reduction to cooperation between police and other district stakeholders.
According to Daudi, police will continue to work tirelessly to make sure that crime rate continues to drop.
Police in Mangochi have since thanked members of the general public for working hand in hand with the police in decreasing crime in the district.