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Police, Ministry Partner

The Ministry of Women and the Fiji Police Force will soon establish a committee to address street begging, elimination of violence, child labour and exploitation. This was confirmed following a
09 Feb 2015 07:43
Police, Ministry Partner
Minister for Women and Social Welfare,Rozy Akbar (right) with the residents of Good Samaritan Inn,Josefa Ratawaki (left) and Anare Covu after the opening of the home in Colo-I-Suva yesterday. Photo: RAMA

The Ministry of Women and the Fiji Police Force will soon establish a committee to address street begging, elimination of violence, child labour and exploitation.

This was confirmed following a meeting between the Minister for Women, Rosy Akbar, and Police Commissioner Bernadus Groenewald last week.

Ms Akbar said the committee would oversee that representatives from various Government ministries and non-government organisations shared resources and information to address social issues in the country.

The municipal councils and administrators will be part of the co-ordinated committee.

“The Minor Offences Act 10 of 1971 states that begging is illegal, however, the co-ordinated committee will take a humanitarian approach to assist those people have been earning a living through begging,” Ms Akbar said.

“Through the profiling exercise, we have seen that currently there are 72 people begging on the streets, most of who are mentally challenged.  Eighty per cent of these beggars are already on social welfare assistance.”

She said the ministry would intensify efforts with the Ministry of Health to look at ways of accommodating the mentally challenged.

At the moment there is no specific care home for the mentally challenged however, this is a plan the ministry is working towards.

Commissioner Groenewald said the Police would focus on the elimination of violence against women.

He said the Force was continuously raising awareness on such issues through community policing and discussions with the Ministry suggested that these issues needed immediate attention.

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