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Treat Violence Against Women Cases With Seriousness: A-G

Treat cases of violence against women and children with a lot of seriousness, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum stressed yesterday to Police officers. “My appeal to you is that it is simply
28 May 2016 11:59
Treat Violence Against Women Cases With Seriousness: A-G
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with participants during the Gender, Violence against Women, Human Rights and Legal Workshop for Fiji Police at the Hexagon Hotel yesterday. Photo: LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

Treat cases of violence against women and children with a lot of seriousness, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum stressed yesterday to Police officers.

“My appeal to you is that it is simply a matter that you have to treat with a lot of seriousness and deal with urgency,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking at the closing of the Gender, Violence against Women, Human Rights and Legal Workshop for the Police at the Best Western Hexagon International Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

“Please do not get influenced from any outside person trying to create any sort of impediment in you trying to carry out your investigation,” he said.

“We need to have that focus and the right attention all the time.”

He said that violence against women was everyone’s business.

“It has a commercial implication; it has a morale implication; it has a criminal implication; it has an ethical implication and it has a religious implication,” he said.

“Fundamentally the issue of domestic violence and abuse against children is a public issue and we need to deal with this in the public sphere, you can’t push it to the side.

“When we know these very fundamental values, morals exist, the question we need to ask is why it is still happening? Why are these things still happening in our society?

“I think there is obviously a lot of disconnectivity about what we say and what we preach, what we may believe and in terms of what we practise. There is a fundamental issue.

“You are enforcers of the law, you are the people to whom complaints come to.

“So, therefore, it is very critically important to not only understand how the law operates but to have a deep philosophical understanding as to why it is an offence in the first place.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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