Domestic violence is on the increase in the diamondiferous town of Tongo field in the Lower Bambara Chiefdom Kenema District. This was disclosed to the press by the Deputy Officer in charge of the Family Support Unit (FSU) Francis A. Lansana at Tongo Police division. He told journalists that domestic violence and carnal knowledge are very rampant amongst other offences regularly reported to the Tongo Police station.
He disclosed that since the establishment of the Family Support Unit (FSU) in Tongo Division in 2009 they have succeeded in charging several matters relating to domestic violence and unlawful carnal knowledge to court in order to prevent others from committing similar offences.
The Deputy Officer in charge of FSU in the Tongo Division confirmed that women are the most frequent complainants of Gender Based Violence adding that they often issue medical forms when the assault is very serious.
Francis A. Lansana further disclosed that they have recently charged two accused persons to the Magistrate court in Kenema for allegedly raping thirteen (13) and (8) eight year old girls in the Lower Bambara chiefdom.
Lansana described the community’s intervention in some of the cases reported to the Police as a hindrance to the implementation of the full penalty of the law which he said encourages impunity in the community, thereby encouraging other people to commit similar crime.
He urged all to report cases of domestic violence and unlawful carnal knowledge to appropriate authorities in order to reduce its reoccurrence in communities.
By Saffa Moriba