Defilement cases in Ghana went up by 25.7% in the year 2017. Statistics from the Ghana Police service show that the Greater Accra Region recorded the highest number of such cases in the year under review.
According to the Annual Crime statistics released by the Ghana Police Service, a total of 1,686 defilement cases were recorded nationwide in 2017 compared to 1,341 recorded in the previous year. The report said the Greater Accra Region recorded 534 cases which show a 73.4 percent increase compared to the 308 cases recorded in 2016.
The Ashanti Region followed with 209 cases, Central Region, 176, Volta Region, 166 and Western Region 149 cases.
The rest are Eastern Region, 137, Brong Ahafo Region, 132, Tema, 93, Northern Region, 50, Upper East 25 and Upper West recording the lowest number of cases, 15 in all.
Rape cases however did not go up that much increasing by 3 percent compared to the previous year.
Per the Annual Crime Statistics, whereas a total of 497 rape cases were recorded in 2016, the figure went up to 514 in 2017.
Many have complained that most rape and defilement cases are not reported due to the stigmatization of the victim or the status of the suspect in society.
There are complaints that even with such cases that are reported, the family of the victims discontinues the cases in court.
Some have also accused the police of not investigating rape and defilement cases thoroughly.