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Say No to Violence Against Women, Children

Men who physically or psychologically abuse women, whether they are their wives, partners or friends, deserve no sympathy. They are cowards and must hang their heads in shame. No amount
02 Feb 2016 10:30
Say No to Violence Against Women, Children

Men who physically or psychologically abuse women, whether they are their wives, partners or friends, deserve no sympathy.

They are cowards and must hang their heads in shame. No amount of justification can turn abusive behaviour into acceptable conduct.

Those who engage in this deplorable act oblivious of the mounting public outcry against all forms of abuse must wake up and take note.

Acting Commissioner of Police Bigradier-General Sitiveni Qiliho came out publicly yesterday with a message: Think twice before you physically abuse a woman. The long arm of the law will catch up with you.

Yesterday he proved he was serious. He ordered the arrest of a man who had allegedly punched his wife.

So for wife-bashers out there, stop it before you regret it. When the country’s top Police officer is personally concerned about violence against women and is doing something to discourage it to prove his position, we should take him seriously. It’s not going to end with the Labasa incident. We can expect him to ensure that Police will take every case of alleged abuse seriously.

He is providing support for Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who has led the national campaign against violence against women.

The problem is not only a national shame. It is a national crisis and we cannot afford to stand idly and not do something.

We must all be proactive and make sure that abuse fails to rear its ugly ahead. For many years, we have allowed this cancer to grow to the point where it has become an accepted norm in some parts of our society. It is now time to reverse the trend. Mr Bainimarama and Brigadier-General Qiliho are leading the battle. Let’s all rally behind them and support this good cause. Some cultures must change their mindset on women. The tradition that women play a subservient role in the home and should listen and follow men  should change. Women are equal partners in the home. While men might be perceived as the head of the home, women have an equally important responsibility. The two complement each other. All home decisions should be unanimous meaning they have the support of all partners.

Once we have got our homes sorted, we can go out and promote the anti-violence gospel.

We should not hestitate to dob in neighbours who are abusive to their spouses and children.We tell people through our actions that we do not condone violence against women and children. As more people get on board, we will see fewer cases of abuse coming before the courts.

 

Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

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