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Qiliho: We will Focus on Sexual Attacks

Adopting direct measures to fight against sexual attacks on children and women is one of the major issues Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier-General, Sitiveni Qiliho will focus on during his term
18 Nov 2015 12:03
Qiliho: We will  Focus on Sexual Attacks
Acting Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho .

Adopting direct measures to fight against sexual attacks on children and women is one of the major issues Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier-General, Sitiveni Qiliho will focus on during his term as Acting Commissioner.
“Sexual abuse of children and women have been highlighted in the media recently and these are cases that affect the core of our family and individuals; it touches our hearts especially when it deals with women and children, this issue will be discussed at great length,” he said.
Brigadier-General Qiliho said the number of sexual attacks on children and woman had increased.
According to Fiji Police statistics for the years 2013 and 2014 some offences categorised under sexual offences have decreased.
These include rape, attempted rape, indecent assault, incest and unnatural offences whereas there was an increase in defilement of girls under 13 years and defilement of girls between the age of 13 to 16.

Assurance
“I want to assure the public that there has been a decrease in sexual attacks on women because the perception out there is that it has increased.
“This is one of the issues that our nation is facing which the Fiji Police Force will pursue vigorously and I will be putting down timelines to my staff on how to deal with those cases regarding sexual abuse on our women and children who are vulnerable to society.
“That is why I place special enforcement on that and that family is a very important institution and if we can get things right in the family then other things will fall into its place,” he said.
Brigadier-General Qiliho said he would travel to Lautoka to check on the investigation on the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl. He said the family would also be updated on the investigations and a special team would be deployed to Lautoka if necessary.
“At the end of the day we will also need the assistance of our community, church leaders, teachers and NGOs to help us in fighting this crime and we are advising parents to be very vigilant with the whereabouts of their children as we draw closer to the festive season,” he said.

Police to use
military expertise
Brigadier-General Qiliho said Police would rope in expertise from the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces to assist the force in the fight against crime in the country.
The Acting Police Commissioner said people should not overreact to claims that the military would come in and take charge of the crime situation in the country.
“We can’t work in isolation; there are few expertise and experience in the military that the Police force doesn’t have,” he said.
“They have explosive ordinance devices (EOD ), those are things that the Police force will need when it comes to safety of VIPS visiting our country and other major events because there have been numerous bomb threats; there are other things that the Police don’t have where we will need the assistance of the military experience and expertise.
“There were plans with former Commissioner Ben Groenewald for the Fiji Police Force to work with RFMF like on range patrols into jungle areas apprehending marijuana farmers; the military has the self-sustaining capabilities of sending troops into our jungle so we were planning to try out those areas and embedding it with the Police,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.
“In this case we complement each other in the areas of investigations and brining criminal offenders to justice,” he said.

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