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Ministry Investigates Kadavu Case

The Ministry of Education and Fiji Police are investigating a case where a Year Eight student allegedly performed oral sex on six underage male victims aged six to 11 years.
31 May 2015 12:02
Ministry Investigates Kadavu Case

The Ministry of Education and Fiji Police are investigating a case where a Year Eight student allegedly performed oral sex on six underage male victims aged six to 11 years.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro has confirmed that the incident took place at a primary school in Kadavu on May 20 and they were investigating.

“A report was received by the school’s head teacher after the matter was brought to her attention by a parent at the school,” Ms Naisoro said.

The Minister for Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy, said he would investigate the case further before releasing any information.

Some church groups have spoken out and labelled the incident as very disturbing.

The Methodist Church in Fiji communications director Reverend James Bhagwan said they were deeply disturbed over the incident.

“These children could have been introduced to these acts by someone either physically or through pornographic material,” he said.

He said the Methodist Church remained committed to the protection of our children and ensuring our communities were safe for them.

“We urge parents and guardians and those entrusted with their care to nurture them and be caring and protective. We all need to be vigilant about what our children are being exposed to,” Rev Bhagwan said.

Fiji Muslim League president Hafizud Khan said parents needed to monitor their children especially with their involvement in social media.

“A lot of children have been deprived of their education because of lack of parental guidance. It is not only happening in Kadavu but all over the world,” Mr Khan said.

He said this was what happened to children when they were exposed to social media through the use of the internet, mobile phones and other gadgets.

“If they do not have proper guidance and supervision this happens. So it all goes down to the moral values taught at their homes and their religious upbringing.”

The Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji media relations officer, Kamlesh Arya, said the Police needed to do an in-depth investigation to determine whether the incident was done voluntarily by the student or as a result of peer pressure.

“There also need to be an investigation on the supervision of students in that particular school,” he said.

Feedback:  aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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