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Submissions sought on registration of sex offender’s bill

“If a sex offender wishes to change his address or location, he or she should first submit his information to the Police Station that he or she is reporting to,” Mr Maharaj said
25 Apr 2019 10:41
Submissions sought on registration of sex offender’s bill
Assistant Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports Alvick Maharaj (middle), with participants at Lagalaga in Labasa during the first public consultation in the Northern Division on the Registration of Sex Offender’s Bill. Photo: Laisa Lui

 

The first public consultation in the Northern Division on the Registration of Sex Offender’s Bill was conducted at Lagalaga Primary School Hall yesterday.

Chairing the committee, Assistant Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports Alvick Maharaj first highlighted what the bill was about.

“From now onwards there will be a register in which a person, who has committed any sexual offence and convicted by law, will have his or her name entered in the register,” Mr Maharaj said.

“They will be monitored by the Police. The main objective of the bill is stipulated in clause three of the Registration of Sex Offenders Bill of 2018. The bill will enable the relevant agencies and the Government to monitor sexual offences and identify sexual offenders when they are in our community, particularly in the company of our children.

“If a sex offender wishes to change his address or location, he or she should first submit his information to the Police Station that he or she is reporting to,” Mr Maharaj said

“Once the name is written in the register, it will remain there for a lifetime, however it can be debated through submissions,” he said.

“Gone are the days that sexual offenders were only males, now sexual offenders are also females.”

Akisi Vinaka, the only female participant at the consultation is happy there will be a register of sex offenders so that their whereabouts will be monitored.

She said that perhaps cane farmers should also be informed whether any of the casual cane cutters they hire during the cane cutting season were also on the list, claiming that they noted an increase in sexual offences during the cane cutting season.

Some concerns were also raised that people out on bail after being charged with sexual offences were seen with victims.

Mr Maharaj said it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that if their child was a victim, he or she was kept away from the alleged perpetrators.

Mr Maharaj hopes more northerners will get involved and make submissions during the public consultations for the Registration of Sex Offenders’ Bill.

Edited by Percy Kean

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