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Letters to The Editor, 13th December, 2015

Domestic violence Titus Narayan Suva I congratulate our Prime Minister for highlighting the issue of domestic violence, which is becoming uncontrollable here. Your third page article dated December 11, 2015
13 Dec 2015 10:33
Letters to The Editor, 13th December, 2015

Domestic violence

Titus Narayan

Suva

I congratulate our Prime Minister for highlighting the issue of domestic violence, which is becoming uncontrollable here.

Your third page article dated December 11, 2015 under headline, “Lets  End Domestic Violence” referred.

Why is it increasing and not decreasing despite overwhelming efforts by the concerned authorities?

The authorities and NGOs should get to the bottom of it to ascertain the cause of this sudden increase. Rape is no exception.

Does it have anything to do with provocation, having extra-marital affairs, coming home late, financial constraints, bad drinking habits due to vindictive rumours, criticism, grudges and many more, which can easily be avoided?

I can think of only one reason and that is the TV series watched by almost all Fijians.

It only contains violence, hatred, provocation and vindictiveness which should be banned.

I believe it is also encouraging women how to behave with men.

I cannot watch these series even for a minute and do not favour my family to watch it either.

I urge those who easily become provoked to control their temper, respect and protect all females who are in most cases weaker than men.

I also suggest that men should spend more time with the families instead of spending your good time swiping kava and hanging out in pubs and nightclubs.

In your free time take your family to the park, watch a family movie, dine at a restaurant, or visit relatives,

Thank you teacher

Raymond Kalyan Chandra

Vancouver, Canada

A small thank you costs nothing, but it means a world to a teacher. 

Forty-eight years ago, I accepted a teaching position in Canada and was going to leave Fiji permanently.

Epeli, a student of my class slowly walked into the classroom during lunch break to tell me something. 

His eyes suddenly became watery and he could only whisper, “Thank you sir.”

That was on my last day as a teacher in Fiji. 

I am no longer a teacher, but I always remember Epeli and his priceless gift when the last day of school comes every year.

 

Female pilot

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa

Canada

I do not know how many Fijian female pilots we have.

It is encouraging and kudos to Fiji Airways for their milestone step in appointing, for the first time, a Fijian female, Captain Matai Saumi, in their Jet Fleet.

We have Fijian male pilots, but females are rare.

Training to become a pilot costs a lot of money and maybe this is one major factor why young people do not pursue this field in numbers, including females.

Captain Selai Saumi’s picture and story in the media should motivate all Fijians who dream of becoming a pilot to pursue their dreams, if they have the support or finances.

To all Fijian females who dream of becoming a pilot, take that first step, remain focused, having at the back of your mind the smiling face of Captain Selai Saumi and saying to yourself, if she can make it, so can you.

 

Yellow ribbon

Sukha Singh

Labasa

I never thought Dhansukh Lal Bhikha and Peniasi Kunatuba would ever be recharged in another corruption case.

I hope they can save themselves this time around.

So wrong!

Tukai Lagonilakeba

Nadi

Our country is littered with would-be rapists and also with those very sick rapists who are awaiting their fate in court for their insane, inhumane acts of crime.

In our midst we have church pastors, grandfathers, uncles, fathers and brothers whom are all supposed to be trusted role models of society, whom victims look up to for their love and support.

They now have become the perpetrators of this serious crime.

Their targets are the innocent vulnerable little girls between the ages of five to 18 years, but realistically, and its only time before it will be happening to our new born little baby girls.

I personally feel their prison sentences are no longer a deterrent.

Our 2013 Constitution has rightly abolished the death penalty, but can our Government change the laws to include public flogging.

Many who survive the ordeal will have to live through life and not recover from the trauma and the many scars left behind from those degrading acts.

Irrespective of whether she is our grandmother, mother, aunty, sister and daughter, rape is not one man’s human right; it is wrong, so wrong and so very sad.

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