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New Home For Rape Victim Family

The nine-year-old Nakasi rape victim and her family will, tomorrow, move to their new home for the next six months. Thanks to the Minister for Housing, Parveen Kumar. Yesterday Mr
16 Jul 2015 09:39
New Home For Rape Victim Family

The nine-year-old Nakasi rape victim and her family will, tomorrow, move to their new home for the next six months.

Thanks to the Minister for Housing, Parveen Kumar.

Yesterday Mr Kumar took the girl’s parents and showed them two one-bedroom flats in Suva.

The address and details of the accommodation have been withheld for privacy and security reasons.

The girl has told the parents that she does not want to move back to their Nakasi home because it reminds her of her terrible ordeal. She is staying with relatives in a secret location in Suva before the move to the new place.

Mr Kumar said the incident had left many people shocked and they were more than happy to assist the family in any possible way.

“We were approached by the family to provide assistance to them for housing because the family is so scared to go back to where they were renting so we have come in to provide them assistance,” Mr Kumar said.

One flat will be used to store the family’s belongings  while they will stay in the second flat.

The flats are self contained with modern facilities and amenities, a farcry from their humble wooden rented house with no electricity in Nakasi.

Mr Kumar said: “We will give them six months rental free and they won’t have to pay anything. After six months we will review what the way forward is for the family.” Mr Kumar said.

“The housing arrangement was efficiently done following consultations with the Attorney-General,” he said.

He acknowledged other donors who had approached the ministry to provide assistance for the family.

The mother of the girl spoke to the Fiji Sun for the first time yesterday.

Speaking in Hindi she said her daughter was recovering but there were times when she would break down.

“It is such a sad moment for my family and especially my daughter but we are trying our best to get her out of the trauma and we pray that such a thing doesn’t happen to anyone else,” she said.

“We are just hoping that those responsible  are caught and punished severely for what they did to my little girl – she is just a child.”

They thanked the Mr Kumar and the Government for their help.

“We are happy that we are being assisted by the minister and the Government and we thank them for this because we are mainly concerned about our daughter’s security and future,” she said.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Minister for Women Rosy Akbar has also financially assisted the family.

Students of Bhawani Dayal Memorial Primary School and their parents yesterday continued to donate cash to help the girl in an outpouring of love and compassion. The girl was a class four student. She  was walking home from school on Tuesday last week when she was grabbed, allegedly by two men, dragged several metres and brutally raped in bushes.

Police declined to comment yesterday on speculation that two men had been taken in for questioning as they followed a lead that there could be a second party involved in the crime.

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