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Tikotikoca Warns Families Against Foreign Men

Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (PNG), Romanu Tikotikoca has advised parents not to give away their daughters easily to foreign men. He made the comment when he spoke
10 Nov 2014 10:28
Tikotikoca Warns Families Against Foreign Men

Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (PNG), Romanu Tikotikoca has advised parents not to give away their daughters easily to foreign men.

He made the comment when he spoke to the people of Lau while visiting the country with a delegation from East Sepik Province, PNG, at Lagoon Resort in Pacific Harbour last week.

Mr Tikotikoca said just this year an 18-year-old Fijian girl had come over to seek help from the Fijian embassy in Port Moresby after her visa had expired and she had been homeless for a while.

“When we asked her about how she came to PNG, she said she had gotten to know a PNG man in Nadi who had asked to marry her and take her with him to PNG,” Mr Tikotikoca said.

“She said she had agreed and was accompanied to the Nadi International Airport by her grandfather who had seen her off.”

He said the young girl was not informed by the man that he had several wives before going to PNG.

“It was only when she reached the man’s home then she found out that he had two other wives after one of the wives questioned why she was there,” Mr Tikotikoca said.

He said: “The girl after learning about the man’s marital status moved out of the house and was drifting around Port Moresby before a family had taken her in and advised her to seek help from the embassy.”

Mr Tikotikoca said he had to arrange with Air Niugini for the girl’s safe passage home so that she was not deported.

He said the young girl was now back in the country.

New legislation was recently passed in PNG outlawing polygamy although there are locals that still practice the act.

Polygamy is a common practice in the highlands of PNG provided you can afford the bride price.

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